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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Eventually Hilly ran away and was asked to leave; she had been there two terms.
Margaret left, too. Both girls then returned to Bedales, bombing fears having
receded. The bullying Barbara was still there but she left Hilly alone: 'The spell
When asked what sparked the quarrels at Maida Vale, Colin mentioned messy
rooms and mealtimes, not coming when called, or coming with ill grace. When
asked if this was not typical teenage behaviour, the sort familiar to most parents,
Other tests revealed no significant neurological disease. As far as Zeegen could
tell, Amis had not suffered a stroke. When asked by a nurse if it was all right for
Amis to drink, Zeegen said yes, 'with a look which asked, what was the point of ...
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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