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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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I was amazed downtown to observe the proportion of black over white. The
infestation seems to me to be about ten to one; this, of course, is not the case, but
what struck me most forcibly was their arrogance and pushfulness and lack of
Though he was determinedly heterosexual at Oxford, within the St John's circle
he seems also to have boasted of schoolboy crushes and conquests. Larkin had
almost nothing to do with women in his first two years at Oxford, partly because
Again, what seems to be alluded to is Amis's uncertainty about the affair, his
sense that he may be deluding himself about it. When the course at Catterick
finished in October, Amis was given leave, the first part of which he seems to
have spent ...
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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