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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Anthony Powell in Punch called Amis 'the first promising young novelist who has
turned up for a long time';51 John Betjeman in the Daily Telegraph called Lucky
Jim the funniest novel he had read since Decline and Fall;" The Times ...
was given to her rock garden, and who consequently had not a spare second
over for beginning to understand him 'and I'm a funny, complicated sort of chap'
the brandy was drunk, and she could say that it was funny they'd met wasn't it,
... perhaps a shade more than usual this time as a contrast to the variously sized
bits of shit that have come my way since the memoirs appeared. I never expected
them. I thought I was trying to be a) honest b) funny but not a bit of it, it appears.
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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