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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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taste;63 he even wrote a poem entitled 'Eighth Type of Ambiguity'. Amis thought
Wain's attachment to three-line stanza forms and ten- syllable metres ('Why
doesn't old John get out of that tears a reamer thing?')64 contributed to '
Amis put some thought and effort into preparing the reading, which was held on 1
3 October, writing to the Poetry Office with the estimated lengths of individual
poems and prose extracts and confessing that he found the task of selection ...
He also claimed Graves as an influence on his own poems: 'Reading you has
done such poems as I've written a power of good.' Graves's influence on Amis's
poetry was obvious. When Larkin described Amis in 1964 as an 'utterly original' ...
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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