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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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When the original Bond article grew into the Dossier, Amis wrote to Gollancz on 1
May 1964 about his decision to offer it to Cape. The book's approach was 'that of
a Fleming addict and its verdict largely a favourable one'. Amis felt 'pretty ...
What Amis respected about Maschler was his skill as a salesman,71 a skill he felt
Gollancz had largely lost, despite the firm's reputation as a pioneer in marketing
and publicity. Amis had other complaints about Gollancz: despite Victor ...
Bibliography NOVELS (First publication details and editions cited) Lucky Jim (
London: Victor Gollancz, 1954; New York: Doubleday, 1954); Penguin, 1976.
That Uncertain Feeling (London: Victor Gollancz, 1955; New York: Harcourt
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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