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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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She also smoked marijuana, took LSD and was wildly promiscuous. Jane
remembers her at this time as pretty, with long blonde hair and beautiful, wide
blue eyes; she also remembers her as evasive and untruthful. When Sally
refused to go to ...
Sally thought the school looked interesting and might suit her.45 'There was a
knock on the door at Mondragon,' remembers Alastair Boyd, the school's
proprietor, soon to become Hilly's third husband, 'and the old concierge opened
the door ...
Sally became romantically involved with the wine bar's owner, Nigel Service,
whom she would marry early in 1976, when she was twenty-two and he forty-one.
Amis paid for the wedding and at some point during it Martin turned to him and ...
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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