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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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He'd start muttering, "Look at those fools, look at that idiot of a man," and so on. If
doors got stuck, or he was held up by some elderly person getting off a bus, or
the wind blew his hair all over the place, he would snarl and grimace in the most
When John Osborne's Look Back in Anger opened at the Royal Court in May
1956, Kenneth Tynan began his review of it in the Observer by citing the
Maugham attack on Amis. The review begins: '"They are scum," was Mr.
Maugham's famous ...
What seemed to be so various is all one, A block of time, which like its likenesses
Looks better now the next such has begun; Looks, and in this case maybe really
is. It is partly loss of energy, the energy needed to discriminate and recall, 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