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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Inevitably, That Uncertain Feeling would be greeted, by old guard and new, not
just as a novel but as a 'Movement' novel. Hence Amis's gathering impatience
with Movement campaigning. 'What a load of bullshit all that was in the Spr about
Take a Girl Like You develops themes, episodes and details from That Uncertain
Feeling. The strippers here recall the description of full-figured Marietta Duforgue
'wearing a curious yachting costume consisting mainly of a peaked cap, a pair ...
11 That Uncertain Feeling, p. 99. 12 Take a Girl Like You, pp. 211-212. 13 That
Uncertain Feeling, p. 60. 14 Ibid., p. 93. 15 Take a Girl Like You, p. 244. 16 That
Uncertain Feeling, pp. 1 60-1 61. 17 See KA to PL, 9 November 1957.
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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