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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Part of Hilly's difficulty in facing her parents was admitting that she'd deceived
them. Her mother had allowed her to go to France with Amis and Christopher
Tosswill because 'she trusted me'. It had reassured her that there would be '
By the evidence of the letters, Amis's hope was realised, though he still found
plenty to complain about. The drawbacks of marriage, he was to explain, involved
other people, principally one's parents. On 9 February Amis inaugurated a series
As for relations between his parents, Martin remembers feeling 'consternated'
when things grew rocky; he recalls sitting on the stairs listening to a terrific row
and then 'next morning, father coming up with a breakfast tray, dodging 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