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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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In a draft of the chapter Amis wrote about his friend Robert Conquest, the poet
and historian, he tells a story about a drunken party Conquest attended in the
1950s. With what Amis calls 'exemplary persistence and rashness', Conquest ...
30 See, for example, the suspicions of Denis Healey and Christopher Hitchens,
in a profile of Robert Conquest by Andrew Brown, 'Scourge and Poet', Guardian,
15 February 2003. 31 Ibid. 32 Memoirs, Penguin, 1992, p. 140. 33 Ibid., p. 146.
Robert Conquest, The Abomination of Moab (London: Maurice Temple-Smith,
1979). Robert Conquest, New and Collected Poems (London: Century
Hutchinson, 1988). Robert Conquest, Reflections on a Ravished Century (1999;
New York: ...
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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