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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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He also had 'a good knowledge of British and American literature, a predictable
liking for Kipling (also popular in the USSR), a more unexpected one for the
works of Anthony Powell'.16 Amis got to know Szamuely as a participant in the ...
33 Anthony Powell thought Amis's account of his dancing with the black
psychiatrist Marie Singer, wife of the Cambridge poet Burns Singer, 'totally
imaginary': 'True, I did dance with her, kissed her at the end, because the party
was closing ...
Anthony Powell, Journals 1987-1989 (London: William Heinemann, 1996).
Anthony Powell, Journals 1990-1992 (London: William Heinemann, 1998). Rubin
Rabinovitz, The Reaction against Experiment in the English Novel, 1950-1960 (
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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