Philip Larkin in Warwick - September, 1943

from Letter from Philip Larkin to Kingsley Amis , page 72:

Dear Kingsley I suspect I shall have to apologise for a dull letter this time, as I am feeling quite gloomy today, and was feeling equally gloomy yesterday and indeed have every prospect of feeling gloomy tomorrow. And when on is gloomy it is hard to write words that will make another man laugh with his mouth when he sees them with his eyes, as you so delectably put it... ...My favourite record at the moment is ‘Blues in C sharp minor/Warming Up’ – but I don’t suppose you possess a copy. Eldridge’s playing in the blues is fine - especially one suicidal note in the last chorus…   more >>
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Philip Larkin, Letter from Philip Larkin to Kingsley Amis . In Anthony Thwaite (ed.), Selected Letters of Philip Larkin, 1950-1985 (London, 1992), p. 72. accessed: 17 June, 2024

location of experience: Warwick


Philip Larkin
Academic library, Poet

Listening to

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Blues in C sharp minor
written by Teddy Wilson
performed by Roy Eldridge

Experience Information

Date/Time September, 1943
Medium playback
Listening Environment solitary


Personnel: Roy Eldridge, trumpeter, Teddy Wilson, pianist.

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:15:11 +0000