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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Amis started his writing career wishing to be a poet, and became a novelist who
had written poems; Larkin started his writing career wishing to be a novelist, and
became a poet who had written novels. While Amis was soliciting advice from ...
Some of the notes under the heading 'General' are jokes or games, equivalents
of the unprintable pornographic episodes Amis mentions to Larkin: one such note
matches the novel's cast of characters with those in Hamlet , e.g. Jenny with ...
The consciously off or antique language of the novel, a matter of subtle shifts in
meaning ('contingency' for 'emergency', 'detension' for 'detente', 'concurrence1 for
'coincidence'), reinforces the peculiarity and backwardness of the society ...
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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