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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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5 The home into which Amis was born was a small, semi-detached villa, 16
Buckingham Gardens, the first of three houses the family would occupy in
Norbury, London SW16, a ward of the borough of Croydon. Norbury, the adult
They have come to meet a client, Grant Munro, a hop merchant with 'a nice eighty
-pound-a-year villa in Norbury . . . very countrified, considering that it is so close
to town'." Almost fifty years later, when both Amis and Peter Furneaux, the hero ...
At Norbury College, his first English teacher, Mr Waller, was less alluring, though
most boys approved his preference for reading stories rather than parsing or
sentence analysis. The sorts of stories Mr Waller liked 'were about the Great War
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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