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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Letters to employees of the Curtis Brown Agency, in both London and New York,
are located in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, Columbia
University. Most letters to J.H. McCallum, Amis's editor at Harcourt, are located at
Fussell, 13 December 2002, Philadelphia; Paul Fussell, 13 December 2002,
Philadelphia; Clive Gammon, 30 June 2002, Swansea; Michael Garcia, 5 July
2002, Swansea; Lord Gavron, 22 July 2002, London; Patricia Gillan, 18
Clive James, From the Land of Shadows (London: Jonathan Cape, 1982). Clive
James, Other Passports: Poems 195S-19S5 (London: Jonathan Cape, 1986).
Roy Jenkins, A Life at the Centre (London: Macmillan, 1992). Valerie Jenkins,
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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