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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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41 Though Amis gained important enthusiasms from Ellingham, he also
discovered that 'certain avocations and interests were not for me: I had no
graphic gift of any kind, the theatre was boring (though the cinema was not), you
could keep ...
comparably mixed feelings about modernist writers. Though he admired The
Waste Land, he had little time for Pound, partly because of what he identified as
inaccuracies and illiteracies in Pound's 'adaptations' from the Latin. Ellingham
54 The view of poetry implicit in this note may also owe something to Ellingham.
The fact that one can disagree with a poem's ideas or politics and still admire it
was brought home to Amis most forcefully by Ellingham's championing of A.E. ...
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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