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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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a copy of the rejected manuscript of 'Dixon' and Larkin at last read it through,
offering detailed criticisms. These criticisms were to form the basis of a new and
thorough revision, one Amis found so exciting that in subsequent letters his
failure to ...
The Angry Young Man label fits him in a way it hardly fits Dixon, for all Dixon's
frustration and irritation. Lumley has outlaw pretensions, comes from a higher
social class than Dixon, went to 'the University' (that is, Oxbridge) not university.
The manuscript of 'Dixon and Christine' is located in the Kingsley Amis Collection
in the Ransom Center. 44 In Lucky Jim, Michie's Christian name is simply omitted
, as are the names of the Principal of the college ('W. Bardwell Sharrock', ...
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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