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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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'By today's standards I'm sure she would be diagnosed as mentally ill,' Rukeyser
believes. Among other peculiarities, she was convinced she had the powers of a
witch. In his Memoirs, Amis refers to her as 'the au pair', while Philip describes ...
the two households there was what Rose describes as 'a sort of floating party'.
The Gales' house in Staines was actually half of a house, a grand one. Theirs
was the half with the ballroom. As Amis puts it, George 'had a longing, curious in
he describes relations with Jane at this period in the Memoirs).5' The
preoccupations of Amis's personal life find disguised expression in the novel. A
key question the novel examines, as young Hubert seeks to understand what
exactly his ...
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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