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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Keeley had been told by Leslie Fiedler, one of Amis's predecessors, that Amis
was 'just like Lucky Jim'. Once he'd read Lucky Jim, he was keen to meet its
author. When Amis arrived at his office, Keeley explained what his teaching
105 In the end, the question of the novel's setting seems to have been solved by
Amis's Princeton friends, Mike and Mary Keeley, who invited Amis and Jane to
join them in Greece, where they spent every summer. The plot grew out of the ...
In any event, as Keeley remembers it, the two writers 'didn't have much to say to
each other'. What Amis did on Skiros was what he did on any holiday: wrote, read
, avoided the beach and the sights, napped (etc.) and had long boozy meals 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