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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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I looked up to find Archer's eyes on mine. He looked down with a blush.' Young
Amis's propensity to blush cannot have helped him as an officer. It certainly
doesn't help Archer in 'Court of Inquiry', which is based on a real-life incident.
At this point the narrator notices that Raleigh, too, is blushing, no longer enjoying
himself. Still holding his gaze, Archer burst out: 'I'm so sorry to have let you down
personally, Major Raleigh. That's what gets me, failing in my duty by you, sir.
This sounds like Captain Furneaux in The Riverside Villas Murder or Robin's
father in You Can't Do Both, which is to say, it sounds like William Amis. In 'I Spy
Strangers'61 Raleigh recommends R.C. Sherriffs Journey's End to Archer (that it
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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