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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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This transfer obliged CLS to hire a master equipped to prepare him for
examinations in English to scholarship level. Amis was the sole boy from CLS to
petition to take such examinations, partly, one suspects, because there were
This subversive attitude is one Amis and Larkin took towards almost everything
they were required to read for their English degree. Amis's wartime terms
involved a heavy concentration on Old and Middle English texts. The approaches
Small colleges, it was thought, could not be expected to cover all subjects taught
at the university and English was among the subjects not covered at Peterhouse.
With the sudden access to the Stone money, however, the college was able to ...
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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