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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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... 1948*; 17 KA, Hilly and Mandy, their dog, 1949*; 18 Leonard Bardwell ('Daddy
B'), c.1935-39 (by kind permission of the East Surrey Morris Men website: www.
esmm.org.uk): 19 KA at Abbey Timbers, 1946 (courtesy of the Philip Larkin Estate
44 Motion, Philip Larkin: A Writers Life, pp. 23-24. 45 Sutton was also intense and
confiding, and there may have been an erotic or romantic component to the
friendship, on Larkin's part at least. According to Frank Smith, a fellow King Henry
Philip Larkin, Jill (1946; London: Faber and Faber, 1975). Philip Larkin, Collected
Poems, ed. Anthony Thwaite, (1955; London: Marvell Press/Faber and Faber,
1988). Philip Larkin, All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961-1971 (Faber and Faber,
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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