Casual Dismissal Of Bow Ties In A Letter From Kingsley Amis To Philip Larkin, 1951

June 20, 2014

You know the sort of thing that’s going to happen to me? With my teeth even worse than they are (I have had gingivitis for some time) dressing in camel-hair waistcoat and bow-ties, I shall be laughing and talking loudly in the pubs at lunch-time, imagining I am impressing the young men by my keen contemporaneity, passing myself off as a grand chap, referring to my successful friends… . All this of course will be taking place in one of the smaller and poorer provincial cities.

Casual dismissal of bow ties in a letter from Kingsley Amis to Philip Larkin, 1951.