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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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was at Glanmor Road that the Amises had what their academic and crachach
friends remember as their most riotous parties, often attended by guests from
London and elsewhere. The household, in Martin Amis's words, was 'definitely ...
Martin Amis remembers that 'it was no big thing ... to watch my mother and our
family friend Theo Richmond, both of them exhausted by laughter, riding through
one of the sitting-rooms on Debbie, our pet donkey, who, every morning, would ...
Neither he nor Martin remembers how they got from the airport to Basil Mansions.
What they remember is their arrival. The plane had been delayed and they did
not reach the flat until nearly midnight. The telegram Hilly sent announcing their ...
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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