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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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When Bruce Montgomery came to visit, he, Amis and Gammon went drinking. At
closing time Amis offered to call a cab. Montgomery gently corrected him: 'No
Kingsley. We pay a man to call us a cab.' Yet as the students knew, the Amises
and owner of the Newport Argus, and it was through Aeron- Thomas's father that
the Amises were fixed up. They were to stay as 'paying guests with an English
business type about a dozen miles from Lisbon near the sea'.1 This business
It was a neighbourhood of young professionals: advertising executives, lawyers,
journalists, salesmen and academics. The town attorney lived next door to the
Amises and was the neighbourhood grouch, scaring off children and complaining
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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