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A Study of Reading Habits

February 2011

Nomination: A Study of Reading Habits [20 August 1960. From The Whitsun Weddings]

I was fifteen when I found ‘A Study of Reading Habits’ in an untravelled corner of a poetry anthology used in my high school. For a bright and lonely adolescent, just beginning to understand the realities of the world, there were no better words to be penned than Larkin’s elegy to his own youth:

“the dude who lets the girl down before the hero arrives, the chap who’s yellow and keeps the store, seem far too familiar.”

Neil Sander

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