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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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She was angry with Amis both for what he had written and for giving Jacobs
permission to quote it. When she complained to their son Martin, he asked his
father if he'd read Jacobs's biography before it was published. Amis said he hadn'
67 Later on, with some remorse, Robin describes the encounter as 'a near-rape
which [Barbara] tried to make the best of but refused to lie about'.68 Amis lost his
virginity, he told Jacobs, in circumstances much like those of Robin Davies.
It was a 'ghastly journey', according to Virginia, involving much tension and
embarrassment, especially when Amis had to stop to pee. At the hospital that
evening, Martin called and Amis told him not to come round till the morning: 'I'd
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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