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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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What marks their politics is a naive romanticism, 'an irrational capacity to become
inflamed by interests and causes that are not one's own, that are outside oneself.
44 Hence the appeal of Marxism, which is also attractive because it 'involves ...
boring nature of the political rhetoric at the meeting soon drove him away and he
has since relapsed into inactivity, merely 'chatting about politics with my friends'.
51 As for equality, a key tenet of Socialist policy, the more the Labour Party ...
Though Conquest mostly steered clear of political conversation with Amis - not
because he disapproved of Amis's opinions, but because opinions were all they
were - his influence was considerable. It was Conquest who introduced Amis to ...
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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