We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.
English 20th-century poet and novelist
1922 – 1985
Philip Larkin was an English poet and novelist. He was educated at Oxford and later became a librarian at the University of Hull, Yorkshire. With his subtle yet devastating wit, Larkin wrote poetry that exposes the foibles of common people in modern times. He became well known after the publication of his third volume of verse, The Less Deceived (1955). Other notable poetry volumes include The Whitsun Weddings (1964), High Windows (1974), and Aubade (1980).
In A Little History of Literature, Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening his offerings with humour as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, …