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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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This wizard idea eventually became On Drink, published in 1972.. In the almost
three years between its publication and the original idea, Amis immersed himself,
with the hobbyist's ardour, in 'research'. Martin remembers him rushing around ...
In addition, or as Amis might say, as against that, she didn't drink. Yet she was
lively, good-looking and tough. She came to the magazine as deputy editor in the
spring of 1990, some months before Amis began his column and some months ...
101 Jacobs went to an off-licence and bought Amis more whisky, then he, Amis
and Virginia had a drink in Amis's room, at about seven. Outside the room,
Jacobs met Zeegen, who had Amis's X-rays: Amis had two crushed or wedged
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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