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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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To Martin, he was 'always in his study'. Once, when Martin had been caught
stealing money and cigarettes from his mother's purse (this was at 24 The Grove,
so he was not yet eight), 'my mother told me to present myself at my father's study,
The boys were homesick for their father: 'After a few weeks in Soller my brother
and I fell into a wordless routine,' Martin recalls in Experience. 'After breakfast we
went through the orange grove to the iron gates and sat on the wall and waited.
Amis paid for the wedding and at some point during it Martin turned to him and
asked how he thought it was going. 'Complete fucking disaster' was his answer, a
remark not unlike one made on a later occasion, when Sally arrived at Gardnor ...
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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