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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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.
Results 1-3 of 65
Nowhere is the rudeness clearer than in the Memoirs (1991), which offended a
number of people, including Robert Conquest. 'Have been drenched under flood
of publicity for my memoirs,' wrote Amis to Conquest on 18 March 1 99 1, 'also ...
171. 9 Monica Jones, a friend of Larkin's from Leicester, where she taught
English at the university. 10 KA to PL, 21 May 1948 (Bodleian). 11 Memoirs, p.
103. 12 Ibid. 13 KA to PL, 11 May 1948 (Bodleian). 14 Memoirs, p. 103. 15 Ibid., p
The description in the Memoirs, p. 73, is different, involving composers not
dramatists, the older one decent and the younger one pushy. 41 Memoirs, p. 76.
42 KA to PL, 9 January 1950; this letter appears in an abridged form, with this
What people are saying - Write a review
The life of Kingsley AmisUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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