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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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CLS would pay Marlborough £2,000 a year for heat, light and maintenance; it
would provide extra cooks for the dining room, at the cost of another £2,000; and
a third £2,000 would be set aside for the relief of parents unable to meet boarding
He and Amis became close because of their love of classical music. 'He led me,'
Metliss remembers, 'but I wasn't far behind.' Metliss also loved poetry, about
which Amis knew much more than he did. When the school moved to
poem is dedicated 'To H' (in manuscript, 'To Hilly, my love') and the second of its
three sections or stanzas reads in part: In 1940 when I was eighteen In
Marlborough, going out one winter's morning To walk to school, I saw that every
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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