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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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According to Anthony Powell, with whom Amis was soon friendly, Waugh had 'a
kind of obsession with Amis', whom he ... 'I feel in a sense "they can't stop me now
",' Amis wrote to Larkin only two weeks after publication of Lucky Jim, in the full ...
17 May Bob Conquest wrote to Larkin that Amis 'has publicly advertised, in some
paper, his failure to get a house in Cuntab so far. Perhaps hoping some sucker
for literature will offer him one free.' No such sucker had appeared by the end of ...
1 In the same interview Amis quotes Graves's remark that 'the most dreadful thing
in the world is that you're writing a book and you suddenly realize that you're
writing a book that you've written before'.3 Then there's Amis's habitual ...
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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