Larkin began at Oxford University in October 1940, a year after the outbreak of Second World War.
The old upper class traditions of university life had, at least for the time being, faded, and most of the male students were studying for highly truncated degrees.
(9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist, and librarian.
His first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by two novels, Jill (1946) and A Girl in Winter (1947), and he came to prominence in 1955 with the publication of his second collection of poems, The Less Deceived, followed by The Whitsun Weddings (1964) and High Windows (1974).
Amis, Larkin and other university friends formed a group they dubbed "The Seven", meeting to discuss each other's poetry, listen to jazz, and drink enthusiastically.
During this time he had his first real social interaction with the opposite sex, but made no romantic headway.Of the city itself Larkin commented: "I never thought about Hull until I was here. It is a little on the edge of things, I think even its natives would say that. One doesn't really go anywhere by design, you know, you put in for jobs and move about, you know, I've lived in other places." In the post-war years, Hull University underwent significant expansion, as was typical of British universities during that period.When Larkin took up his appointment there, the plans for a new university library were already far advanced.At one stage she offered to leave her husband to marry Larkin.From 1951 onwards Larkin holidayed with Jones in various locations around the British Isles.He fared quite poorly when he sat his School Certificate exam at the age of 16.Despite his results, he was allowed to stay on at school; two years later he earned distinctions in English and History, and passed the entrance exams for St John's College, Oxford, to read English.In 1943 Larkin was appointed librarian of the public library in Wellington, Shropshire.It was while working there that in early 1944 he met his first girlfriend, Ruth Bowman, an academically ambitious 16-year-old schoolgirl.He contributed to The Daily Telegraph as its jazz critic from 1961 to 1971, articles gathered in All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71 (1985), and he edited The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse (1973).He was offered, but declined, the position of Poet Laureate in 1984, following the death of Sir John Betjeman.