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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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'On a typical evening,' writes one of their number, James Willcox, 'towards the
end of dinner, someone - Iles, perhaps, or KWA - would say to his neighbour at
table - P.L. or Nick Russel: "Coming to the Bird and Baby?" Others of the group, ...
According to Larkin, Nick Russel, Amis and others, at some point a group of core
members sought to formalise the gatherings, calling themselves 'The Seven', a
name that appears also in one of Larkin's unfinished and untitled undergraduate
The only guest at the wedding seems to have been Nick Russel, who, according
to Amis, in a letter to Larkin of 25 January, 'laughed at the back while a Hitchcock
fat character with bursting eyes and lips like wizened Paris sausages . . . said ...
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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