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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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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 ...
See Betty Fussell, My Kitchen Wars, North Point Press, 2000, pp. 207-215. 90
This exchange, recounted by Martin Amis in interview, was corroborated by Colin
. 91 'Difficulties with Girls', unfinished manuscript (Huntington), p. 34. 92 KA to RC
13 Recounted, in Martin Amis, Experience, p. 377. 14 Ibid., p. 374. 15 He was
encouraged, perhaps, by Martin's having told him, as Jacobs puts it in the final
entry in the 'Amis Diaries', dated 31 October 1995, that though family feeling was
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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