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Letters of Philip Larkin to Winifred Dawson, née Arnott

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MS. Don. c. 177
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Letters of Philip Larkin to Winifred Arnott (later Bradshaw, later Dawson), 1951-1985 and n.d.


  • Creation: 1951-1985


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Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don. c. 177, fol. 1].

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MS. Don. c. 177

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6898, 11423


Letters of Philip Larkin to Winifred Dawson née Arnott.

Biographical / Historical

Philip Arthur Larkin (1922-1985) was a poet, writer and librarian. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Winifred Arnott was born in 1929 in Worcestershire. She studied English at Queen's University Belfast and became a cataloguer in Queen's Great Library in 1949. While working there she met and became close friends with Philip Larkin who took up a post as a sub-librarian in 1950. Arnott inspired five of Larkin's poems and they corresponded until the end of Larkin's life.

Arnott was married to Geoffrey Bradshaw from 1954 to 1976 and they had three children. In 1981 she married Grant Dawson. She died on 22 August 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Folios 1-132 were purchaed in 1989 with the assistance of Bodley's American Friends. Folios 133-160 were bequeathed to the Bodleian by Winifred Dawson in 2014.

Related Materials

Winifred Dawson's letters to Philip Larkin are at Hull University Archives, Hull History Centre.

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