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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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pregnancy, 196, 198-202; holidays in France, 196-7, zo2, 351, 386, 654-5, 670;
finances, 204, 234, 238, 256, 263, 298, 383, 388, 536, 607-9, 642, 716, 737-8;
moves to Marriner's Cottage, Eynsham, 220; attitude to Hilly's impending baby, ...
... 523 Balogh, Thomas (later Baron), 150 Bamborough, J.B., 250-1, 255 Banks,
Billy, 113 Barber, John, 358 Bardot, Brigitte, 402 Bardwell family: KA meets, 178-
80 Bardwell, Brian (Hilly's brother), 170 Bardwell, Leonard Sidney (Hilly's father;
225; KA visits at Warwick and Leicester, 225-6; and beginnings of Lucky Jim, 226
; relations with Monica Jones, 226, 268, 272-3, 275; Hilly's affection for, 228; and
KA's finding flat in Swansea, 233; KA requests loans from, 234; and KA's life in ...
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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