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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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71 It was Larkin who put Amis on to The Senior Commoner, having written //'// '
under [its] influence', and Amis read it in April ... On 9 March 1949, Amis reported
to Larkin that 'Longmans sent the Legacy back, of course, saying it was "
Amis also reported that the first number of Essays in Criticism was due out in
January and that Bateson had encouraged him (and through him, Larkin) to
contribute: 'I shall probably re-do my Meredith chapter for it . . . Then I am going to
Some six weeks after Amis had submitted the manuscript of 'Dixon and Christine'
to Michael Joseph, he still hadn't heard a word and began to fear they'd lost the
manuscript. They hadn't. On 18 June he reported to Larkin that the novel had ...
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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