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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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As Conquest put it in a 1989 article in the TLS: 'The struggle to combat the
intensive Stalinist propaganda effort was left until 1948 to the Orwells and
Koestlers. But Britain's Labour leaders had taken a decision to fight back at home
and abroad ...
(When one of Conquest's poems was criticised in October 1952 in the Listener
Amis wrote in to defend it and to ridicule the attacker.)43 Poems 1953 also
included contributions from Conquest himself, Enright and Elizabeth Jennings,
and in its ...
The novel was The Egyptologists (1965), the basic premiss of which Conquest
had described to Amis as early as 1958.61 This premiss, borrowed by Conquest
from an old friend, concerns a fake Egyptological Society established 'to give its ...
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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