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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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At first the title of his thesis was 'Decline of the Audience for Poetry from 1850-
Present Day',10 a mammoth topic eventually narrowed to 'English Non-Dramatic
Poetry, 18 50-1900, and the Victorian Reading Public'. When Amis outlined the ...
This small group, having helped to shape the poetry (they are not necessarily
poets themselves, but are persons of literary inclination), use their personal
influence to recommend it to a larger circle. This second group, formed partly, in
132, 139-40, 148, 156-7; Auden's influence on poetry, 144-5, I52-6, 404; first
novel ('The Legacy') rejected, 187-8; poems published by Caton at Fortune Press
, 188-9; Empson's influence on, 190-1, 404; collaborates on musical works with ...
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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