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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Here again I feel I can spot a contributory cause of later developments.73 In his
fiction, Amis offers a glimpse of the mostly bland, unobjectionable food being
pushed into his mouth. 'What's in store for us?' asks Mr Davies as the family sits ...
Several months later, on 9 May, Amis reports that Gollancz had also turned it
down (it had been sent there via Bruce Montgomery, a friend of Diana Gollancz,
the publisher's daughter and a student at the Slade). Victor Gollancz's rejection
... singing, 29; superstitions, 32; encourages KA's juvenile writing, 35; reading, 35
-6; moves to Berkhamsted, 79; and KA's marriage to Hilly, 202-3; reaction to
Lucky Jim, 297 Amis, Sally Myfanwy (later Service; KA's daughter): in Swansea,
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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