A New York Times editorial published on April 12th, 2005, regarding plans for a “Dickens World” in Chatham, England. The article is sarcastically critical of the proposed development, and compares it to Disneyland. It also suggests, tongue in cheek, that perhaps a “Larkin World” at Hull, honoring Philip Larkin, would be appropriate.
The English poet and essayist Philip Larkin (who in 1955 was appointed librarian to the University of Hull) prided himself on being out of step with mainstream writers. His first volume of essays, All What Jazz, was published in 1970. Among his most famous poems is "Toads." Larkin described himself in the words of a fictitious biographer as “One of those old type natural fouled up guys.”