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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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He was the sort of young man who does that sort of thing anyway.' As for the
other undergraduate, Amis recalls his arriving one day for supervision, sitting in
total silence, then 'throwing himself at my feet, kissing the toe of one of my shoes
Ali saw the relationship as amiable but distant, 'arm's length': 'There wasn't any
other sort of relationship that one could have. And I was out practically all the time
. Sitting in the Lords until late. I often didn't come back until ten, eleven, twelve.
His first reaction was a sort of "How dare you talk to me like this", but when he
realised that this wasn't going to work and I carried on at him he sort of shrank
back. A while later he came down and apologised to Mum.' After that, Amis was ...
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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