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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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'It was so good that I kept it' (it has not survived).11 George Blunden (later Sir
George, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England) recalls a five-minute play Amis
wrote in which the only words spoken were 'more toast', delivered 'with every ...
a friend that he meant most. 'Kingsley once mentioned to me the great
freemasonry of people between twenty and forty,' Rukeyser recalls. 'He
welcomed me and my cohort into the grown-up world.' Rose, who became an
English professor at ...
'Lugging butanes was the plague of my life,' she recalls. 'It was also quite
frightening, on those lay-bys, you know, with weird drivers coming along.' In Ann
Arbor, Hilly and a friend had opened a fish and chips shop called Lucky Jim's; in
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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