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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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C.S. Lewis, his tutor (Leishman had not yet taken over from Bone, who died in
1942), became a mentor and Wain turned himself into 'a miniature Lewis ... a
quick-fire debater'.55 Though Amis had his doubts about Wain's plain-man
Wain helped to launch Amis as a poet, Amis helped to launch Wain as a novelist.
Though Wain's first novel, Hurry on Down, was published in late 1953, some
months before Lucky Jim, he would later claim that he began it in part because ...
Amis several times encouraged Larkin to send his poems to Hartley, describing
him in the same letter of 3 August as 'one of the Wain entourage so I'm sure he
knows about you'. Soon Amis, Larkin and Wain became regular contributors to
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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