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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Jane could swim and sightsee to her heart's content while Amis gathered
material for the novel; their holiday would be work-related, a plus in Amis's eyes.
As for Greece as cradle of Western Civilisation, this was a matter of indifference
to Amis, ...
These are the values Amis sought to draw on in the immediate aftermath of
Jane's departure. Jane's decision to leave Amis had been long pondered and
was carefully planned. For some weeks, whenever Amis went out to lunch at the
Two years after the publication of 'Kipling at Bateman's' Amis told Jane that he
wanted to leave Lemmons and move back to London. Jane was unlike Caroline
Kipling in any number of ways, starting with the fact that she was tall, but Amis
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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