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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Hilly and Margaret were removed to Dr Williams's School for Young Ladies in
North Wales, a school the family had learned of while vacationing in the area;
Mick was sent to a boarding-school in Staffordshire. Both girls hated their new
Dixon resembles Larkin in aspects of his relationship with Margaret, a character
based on Monica Jones, whose full name was Margaret Monica Beale Jones. It
was at Larkin's insistence that Veronica Beale's name in the first version was ...
wooden beads',71 an ensemble Jim (always 'James' to ner) finds marginally less
objectionable than 'the green Paisley frock in combination with the low-heeled
quasi-velvet shoes'."3 Margaret's affectations, including her laugh like 'the tinkle ...
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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