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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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In the third novel, The Moving Toyshop (1946), Fen amuses himself by devising
lists of 'Unreadable Books' and 'Detestable Characters', recalling, for example,
Amis's list of 'Twelve Bad Men', from a letter to Larkin of 29 April 1946 (it begins: '
Though Larkin had provided him with details about libraries and librarians (John
Lewis, the novel's hero, is a librarian) ... After a year of such reports, protective
ironies notwithstanding, Larkin was mildly fed up, as in a letter to Monica Jones of
17 Patrick and Dai The first thing Amis had to do when he returned to Swansea
was to explain to Philip Larkin why he hadn't written him a single letter while at
Princeton. Hilly beat him to the punch, in an undated letter at the end of July that ...
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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