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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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The Anti-Death League, Amis told an interviewer, represented 'a big swing in the
direction of seriousness, overt seriousness'.79 It is the central love interest that
shows Jane's influence. The lovers are Catharine Casement, recovering from a ...
Even the realistic novels of this period are less realistic than their predecessors:
The Anti-Death League folds a love story and study of character into a novel of
ideas or moral fable, adding espionage and science fiction ingredients; / Want It ...
Though he stuck with Gollancz through publication of The Anti-Death League,
within weeks of Victor's death in February 1967 Amis wrote to Livia Gollancz, the
publisher's daughter and successor, severing ties with the firm. 'This is a painful ...
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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