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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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of the Short Writings of Kingsley Amis (2004) (copies of the Catalogue, funded by
the Arts and Humanities Research Board, together with photocopies of all
uncollected items listed in it, have been deposited in the Bodleian Library, the
Malcolm Oram, 'Publishers Weekly Interview: Kingsley Amis', Publishers Weekly,
28 October 1974. Peter Firchow, 'Kingsley Amis', in Peter Firchow, The Writer's
Place: Interviews on the Literary Situation in Contemporary Britain (Minneapolis:
BOOKS ON AMIS Martin Amis, Experience (London: Jonathan Cape, 2000).
Robert H. Bell, ed., Critical Essays on Kingsley Amis (New York: G.K. Hall, 1998).
Richard Bradford, Kingsley Amis (London: Edward Arnold, 1989). Richard
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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