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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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When Amis met Larkin he immediately recognised and deferred to Larkin's
greater knowledge about jazz. Even Mervyn Brown, a talented saxophonist and
the only one in their circle who could read music, acknowledged that Larkin knew
ated jazz with non-school pleasures: 'one more indisputably good thing along
with films, cricket, science fiction, the wireless and all that'."0 Jazz also brought
with it a more general sense of connectedness or solidarity: to Amis, it suggested
4 Nothing like this is to be found in the many passages about jazz in Larkin's
correspondence with Amis. This is partly because Larkin knew Amis didn't go in
much for this kind of theorising, in any cultural field, partly because Amis seems
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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