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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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When Robin and his parents visit their neighbours, the Carpenters, Robin meets
their son, Jeremy, who is down from Cambridge for the weekend. Robin is invited
to visit Jeremy's room and inspect his books and records (this is the scene in ...
By the time of this second entry (that is, before he had reached page 142 in his
draft), Amis had written the scene in You Can't Do Both in which Cambridge
undergraduate Jeremy Carpenter follows fourteen-year-old Robin Davies to
59 This advice Jeremy himself follows when he leaves Cambridge, with
unfortunate results. The fragile state Robin finds him in later in the novel is the
product of prejudice, to be sure, both legal and social, but also, perhaps, of bad
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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