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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Hilly may have been almost as domestically burdened as Jean in That Uncertain
Feeling - the Amises' Swansea friends instantly identified Jean's situation as
Hilly's - but she was also prepared, at moments, to follow Amis's lead, not just in ...
quick to introduce themselves and soon parents as well as children became
friends. In Amis's words, 'Edgerstoune Road was alive with neighbours helping
with the children, finding plumbers, schools, maids, mechanics, cars, talking
Like others of Amis's friends, Sargy Mann for example, another artist, he thought
Amis a marvellous teacher and felt privileged to listen to his talk. When they
differed, 'I used to shut up.' A ritual developed in which the Jaqueses would come
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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