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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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 name 'The Seven' referred to a specific group of undergraduates: Iles, Larkin,
Amis, Philip Brown, Hilary Morris, Nick Russel and David Williams.111 But it may
also have been homage of sorts to W.H. Auden and his circle. Auden's fame in ...
In the army he had begun to read, or read seriously, some of the writers most
talked about at Oxford, Auden in particular. Among the books Amis bought while
on manoeuvres in southern England (carefully noting date and place of purchase
In the Foreword, Amis and Michie are quite open about Auden's presiding
influence. It was hardly surprising that the poems submitted to them by Oxford
students were derivative; what was surprising was how many of them imitated
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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