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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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January 1949 it was 'nearly 7/8 done';50 by 20 March he learned from his friend
John Wain, another Tucuman recruit, that 'the Argentinos can't pay us any money'
John Wain had recently been appointed producer of a BBC Third Programme
series entitled First Reading, which was meant to replace John Lehmann's book
series New Soundings. Lehmann's series had run from 9 January 1952 until 11 ...
... invited several supposed Angries (aside from Amis, Osborne and Wilson
among the original four, these included Kenneth Tynan, Lindsay Anderson, Bill
Hopkins, Stuart Holroyd, John Wain and Doris Lessing, a lone female Angry) 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