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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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dining hall, but that CLS boys and masters would be billeted in town. CLS would
pay Marlborough £2,000 a year for heat, light and maintenance; it would provide
extra cooks for the dining room, at the cost of another £2,000; and a third £2,000
In the cellar of the Old Music School several CLS boys were discovered warming
themselves round a Tortoise stove into which they were systematically feeding
Marlborough's early historical records. The boys didn't just skate to school, they ...
to find a local school for Sally and to work out train times for the boys, who were
to attend the International School in Palma. The house the Amises had rented, a
newish and rather grand villa, was on the outskirts of Soller. To get to school the ...
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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