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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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If the Bardwells and Harwell provide a key ingredient of Lucky Jim, Berkhamsted
and Daddy A inspire the novel that precedes it, 'The Legacy'. This was Amis's first
finished book-length fiction, conceived in the winter of 1945-46, begun in the ...
Like many of Caton's authors, Amis was obliged to help finance publication: he
had to purchase fifty copies at discount (at a cost of £10), which his mother
helped to sell to friends in Berkhamsted. But it was Caton's procrastination that
drove his ...
In January 1947, at Berkhamsted, he went to a dance and saw an attractive girl
with a thin, sullen face, black eyes and hair and 'noticeable' breasts ('When I
stared at her,' he reported to Larkin, 'she looked back disinterestedly, half-closing
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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