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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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'Mother did everything for me,' Amis recalled in an interview. It was rather like
being the colonial State of a more powerful nation. Just as in Uganda in the old
days, you were guaranteed protection but didn't get much say in policy. When I
Then in the afternoon I talked to my mother and my mother-in-law and played that
game with the glass and the alphabet round the table, and then Hilary and I came
back last night too late for me to go to the film society. But so I said when the ...
The presence of Jane's mother, Kit, during the day, and the absence of Sargy and
Colin at work, may have been extra incentives to lunch in town. Kit Howard was
an unhappy woman with a sharp tongue, not an easy presence in 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