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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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especially the Labour Club of 1942, than among their counterparts in, say, the
Classical Association, Amis and others were convinced, for several reasons. To
begin with, left-wing girls were meant to be sexually as well as politically ...
Shorter, the theatre critic, and Eric Jacobs); hence also his attraction to the 1400
Club, a more formal club within the club, which came into existence in 1980, at
the instigation of Roger Morgan, Librarian to the House of Lords and son of the ...
Larkin got to know Rudingerova, or got to know her better, because he himself
had joined the Labour Club, in February 1942. As there is little evidence from his
letters or elsewhere of political conversion he probably did so for social reasons:
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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