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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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and jokes about such crushes, a view Cyril Metliss, a year below Amis, echoed.
Metliss was fourteen when he met Amis. He had come to the school at eight and
was 'a true cockney', having been born in his father's pub in Smithfield. Metliss ...
30 Amis's feelings for Metliss were deeper than Peter's for Reg, at least as Metliss
recalls them.3' In his poem 'An Ever-Fixed Mark', from A Look Round the Estate (
1967), later reprinted (rather broad- mindedly on the editor's part) in The ...
Amis's intended 'relationship' with Metliss sounds more Ralphlike than Buck-like,
though Buck-like tendencies figured prominently in his later relations with women
. A more interesting fictional parallel is provided in You Can't Do Both, a novel ...
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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