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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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He also sent questionnaires to editors of the most important SF magazines, who
were asked about the nature and size of the audience for science fiction, the
medium's increasing popularity among intellectuals, the role of the scientific
90 At the end of the second seminar Amis raised the question of the function of
science fiction. 'Its most important use,' he declared, 'is a means of dramatising
social inquiry, as providing a fictional mode in which culture can be isolated and
The poem's first two stanzas contrast realistic fiction with genre fiction: in the first,
broad-shouldered, trustworthy Nurse Lee attends to her patients, then cycles
home in anticipation of a pot of tea, 'Adcock's No. I Brew / (Now 2/8)'; in 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