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High Windows

(1974)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Philip Larkin ponders ordinary lives in his poems: a Saturday show; travelling salesmen; young love. At the seaside "Everything crowds under the low horizon: / Steep beach, blue water, towels, read bathing caps, / The small hushed waves' repeated fresh collapse / Up the warm yellow sand". There's an almost Shakespearian obsession with ageing and passing time in the poems collected in High Windows. "What do they think has happened, the old fools, to make them like this?.Why aren't they screaming?" Larkin asks of the elderly. His answer: "Well, we shall find out." In the titular poem he watches young lovers and wonders "if anyone looked at me, forty years back, and thought, That'll be the life". But it's hard to see into the future or the past: you have to strain, as if looking through a high window, and even then you may only get a glimpse of light through the "sun-comprehending glass."

High Windows was first published in 1974 and some critics disliked Larkin's work for its lack of experiment and familiar subject matter. Yet even at its most traditional, Larkin's writing can be striking as, in "This Be The Verse", it encapsulates prosaic truths with plain language and gentle wit:

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
--Tamsin Todd



Used availability for Philip Larkin's High Windows

Hardback Editions

September 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: High Windows (Faber Poetry)
Author(s): Philip Larkin
ISBN: 0-571-35231-6 / 978-0-571-35231-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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June 1974 : UK Hardback
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Title: High Windows
Author(s): Philip Larkin
ISBN: 0-571-10552-1 / 978-0-571-10552-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Paperback Editions

April 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: High Windows
Author(s): Philip Larkin
ISBN: 0-571-26014-4 / 978-0-571-26014-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: High Windows
Author(s): Philip Larkin
ISBN: 0-571-23518-2 / 978-0-571-23518-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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September 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: High Windows (FF Classics)
Author(s): Philip Larkin
ISBN: 0-571-20275-6 / 978-0-571-20275-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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September 1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: High Windows
Author(s): Philip Larkin
ISBN: 0-374-51212-4 / 978-0-374-51212-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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1974 : USA Paperback
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Title: High windows
Author(s): Philip Larkin
ISBN: 0-374-17000-2 / 978-0-374-17000-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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December 1978 : UK Paperback
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Title: High Windows
Author(s): Philip Larkin
ISBN: 0-571-11451-2 / 978-0-571-11451-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Audio Editions

May 1996 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: High Windows (Penguin/Faber audiobooks)
Author(s): Larkin Philip
ISBN: 0-14-086509-8 / 978-0-14-086509-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: High Windows
Author(s): Philip Larkin
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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