1922 Born in Coventry ( 9 August )
1930-1940 Attended King Henry Ⅷ school
Went to St. John’s College, Oxford
1943 Graduated with First Class Honours in English
1945 The North Ship was published
1946 was appointed assistant librarian at University College, Leicester.
1954 The Marvell Press published his poem, `Toads`
1955 became University Librarian at the University of Hull,
published The Less Deceived (the foundation of his reputation)
1964 The Whitsun Weddings was published.
1965 Was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry
All What Jazz: a record diary 1961-1968 was published
(1961-71, his contributing monthly reviews of jazz recordings for the Daily Telegraph)
1974 High Windows was published
(confirmed him as one of the finest poets in English Literary history.)
1977 ‘Aubade’ was published in The Times Literary Supplement
Required Wrting:miscellaneous pieces 1955-1982
(a collection of his essays and reviews) was published.
1984 Won the W.H. Smith Literary Award
Deeply anti-social and a great lover and published critic of American jazz, Larkin never married and worked as a librarian in the provincial city of Hull,
1985 Died of cancer on 2 December aged 63