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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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published in the school magazine, the only poems we have from him for these
years, are Romantic in sentiment. The best of them, 'Prometheus', was published
in July 1939, before the move to Marlborough. It is Shelleyan and Byronic not
'Why don't you get your words together and send them to the Fortune Press?'
Larkin wrote to Amis on 12 December 1945: 'they'd publish them'.77 Larkin
himself had published his first volume, The North Ship, with the press in July, and
5 If this essay has been published, I have not been able to trace it. It exists in
manuscript in the Huntington (AMS545). 6 Interview with Cynthia Kee, 'Flavour of
the Month', London Portrait Magazine, December 1986. 7 Memoirs, p. 126. 8 Ibid.
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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