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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Now Elisabeth tells Archer about her husband: how they'd known each other
since childhood; how his parents and hers were friends and encouraged them to
get married; how they were married at eighteen, when he was on leave from ...
Then he managed a snobbish insinuation about her and I immediately felt better.
70 When Amis writes to Larkin on 6 November begging him to come down to
Berkhamsted for a visit, he may be alluding indirectly to tensions over Elisabeth: ...
He is to meet Elisabeth at the station and the two of them are to go on to Leeds,
where they'll spend two nights in a hotel. When they can't find a room in Leeds,
they end up in a hotel in York. Archer is very nervous as the train pulls into York ...
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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