The Life of Kingsley Amis
The eagerly-awaited authorized biography of Kingsley Amis.
In this, the authorized biography, Zachary Leader argues that Kingsley Amis was not only the finest comic novelist of his generation, but the dominant figure of post-war British writing.
Drawing not only on interviews with a range of Amis’s friends, relatives, fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional author, husband, father and lover. He explores Amis’s fears and phobias, and the role that drink played in his life. And of course he pays due attention to Amis’s work.
As the editor of Kingsley Amis’s Letters (hailed in the Sunday Telegraph as “one of the last major monuments to the epistolary art”), Leader is more than qualified to be his authorized biographer. His book will surprise, entertain and illuminate.
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When Jacobs's biography came out in 1995, it caused considerable upset in the
Amis household, partly because it contained unflattering descriptions of Amis's
father-in-law, Leonard Bardwell, quoted from letters to Philip Larkin. Bardwell
80 These are representative instances, and the list could be extended right
through to Amis's last novel. It is dumbfounding that he became a restaurant critic
at the end of his life. Amis's mother's main realm was the kitchen, and she wasn't
interest in murder/1 Amis was too frightened to drink. It stayed on Amis's shelf
until 'an intrepid psychiatrist pal guzzled it with no ill- effects, or none but the
usual'.13 Farson was not the only figure eager to bring the Angry Young Men
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Leader's (English, Univ. of Roehampton, U.K.; editor,The Letters of Kingsley Amis ) biography of novelist, poet, essayist, and journalist Kingsley Amis (1922-95) was authorized by the subject's son ... Read full review