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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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In a letter of 29 February 1984 to Robert Conquest, Amis discusses literary value
judgements in terms that recall Peter ... Amis calls the novel 'a boy's book as well
as a grown-up's book, along with Hamlet and The Mill on the Floss, and not ...
... as it always did when Raleigh himself was driving') and the store he sets on
being called Professor ('None of us ever ... in their philistinism and propensity for
play-acting or self-dramatising (which is partly why Amis calls them 'jumped- up').
Larkin, a keen amateur photographer, asked Amis if he thought Hilly would pose
for nude photographs, Amis put his ... of 5 August 1952, written shortly after
turning twenty-four, she tells Larkin about what Amis calls 'a mild lesbian
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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