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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Then Mavis turned to the neighbour and said: 'This is Kingsley Amis.'71 It was not
just drink that made the London visits exhausting; Amis drank in Swansea as well
. It was the pace, the seamless progress from lunch to drinks to more drinks ...
Conquest invited Larkin to the 'Welcome Home Kingers' lunch but Larkin did not
attend. In mid-April, however, he wrote to Amis to say that he was coming to
London for a meeting on 8 May and that they should have lunch beforehand.
Lunch was another source of tension, this time involving Amis rather than Jane.
The Durhams were perfectly prepared to stop for lunch, but not for what Amis, in
Durham's words, called 'a proper lunch, which meant lunch with drink'. Once the ...
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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