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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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18 A tour of the places Amis lived in Swansea, including those he lived in after
becoming successful, is no treat or outing: they all look either mean or
nondescript, certainly from the perspective of his later life in London. Amis lived in
digs until ...
Jane and her fellow pupils - the daughter of a neighbour up the road, the
daughter of a doctor who lived and worked in Malaysia, the son of her piano
teacher - spent many happy hours with Miss Cobham acting out plays, reading
Jane lived in a two-bedroom garden flat in Blomfield Road in Little Venice, with
her younger brother Colin. Why she didn't throw Douglas-Henry out once she
realised what he was like is, she admits, hard to explain. After the failure of her
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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