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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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 immediately felt better.70 When Amis writes to Larkin on 6 November begging
him to come down to Berkhamsted for a ... two leaves: 'Elisabeth Anne's
Intermezzo' ('Elisabeth's Intermesso' in Bright November), finished on 17 June at
Only six poems from Bright November appeared in Amis's Collected Poems (
when required to list his publications for Princeton he left out Bright November),^
though all but one of the poems in A Case of Samples were included, and mostly
82 KA to PL 19 October 1948 (Bodleian) 83 KA, 'Publishers Be Damned', Sunday
Telegraph magazine, August 1988. 84 'Elisabeth's Intermesso', in Bright
November, Fortune Press, 1947. 85 See Clive James, 'Kingsley Amis: A Profile',
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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