New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. Ruth Bowman was a schoolgirl living in Wellington, Shropshire when Larkin moved there in to become librarian at the public library. Brennan aimed for the book to show Larkin in a new light: namely, that the poet was "considerably more compassionate, generous and warmhearted than autobiographical, biographical and critical works published since his death have revealed". She had a successful academic career here, becoming head girl, a title she shared with Ruth Bowman and Winifred Arnott, both previous companions of Larkin. The Philip Larkin I Knew includes a significant collection of letters between Brennan and Larkin, despite many from the last six months of Larkin's life having been previously destroyed. This happened despite Larkin's deep and by then long-standing relationship with Monica Jones. She never published anything during her academic career; she "regarded publishing as a bit showy", though she was noted for "the panache of her lecturing, in which, for example, she would wear a Scottish tartan when talking about Macbeth.
Caitlin. Age: 27.
Manchester University Press.
Aspen. Age: 25.
Larkin Love – Mothers Indulgence
Much of Larkin's writing was heavily influenced by his relationship with Brennan, including his collection The Whitsun Weddings, which he once described as Brennan's book. Born in , she lived until , dying 29 years after her domineering husband, Sydney Larkin. Strang discovered and read some of Larkin's sexual diaries. Categories : Philip Larkin.