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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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C.J. Ellingham, Classics Master, CLS (by kind permission of the Headmaster, City
of London School); 7 CLS boys at Marlborough College during the Second World
War, 1940 (by kind permission of the Headmaster, City of London School); 8 ...
At Norbury College, his first English teacher, Mr Waller, was less alluring, though
most boys approved his preference for reading stories rather than parsing or
sentence analysis. The sorts of stories Mr Waller liked 'were about the Great War
Stone, the first scholar of the College in Natural Sciences and a Peterhouse
benefactor, had managed to gain control of over half the sets in Albany in
Piccadilly, a block of exclusive bachelors' chambers converted from the Duke of
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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