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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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These pressures were relieved by a week-long visit Amis paid to Larkin at his
mother's house in Warwick and then at Leicester, soon after Larkin and Ruth's
stay at Eynsham. During Larkin's father's illness that winter (he died on 26 March)
The next summer Jane also went away for two weeks, first to France, to stay with
Sybil and Colin Welch, then to Tuscany, to stay with Woodrow and Verushka
Wyatt. During her absence she arranged for people to stay with Amis at
10 'You That Love England; or, Limey Stay Home', New World Writing 16 (1960),
pp. 139-40. Gene Lichtenstein remembers a disastrous meeting he engineered
towards the end of Amis's stay in Princeton between Amis and the English writer
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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