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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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 Wartime Oxford Amis went up to Oxford in late April 1941. He arrived 'in
impeccably proletarian style, being driven over from my parents' house in
Berkhamsted by the family butcher in his battered Morris, and approaching the
wrong way up ...
M.R Ashley and C.T. Saunders, Red Oxford: A History of the Growth of Socialism
in the University of Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Labour Club, 1933). Calvin
Bedient, Eight Contemporary Poets (London and New York: Oxford University ...
Elaine Showalter, Faculty Towers: The Academic Novel and its Discontents (
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). Monroe K. Spears, ed., Auden: A
Collection of Critical Essays (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1964).
Randall Stevenson ...
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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