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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Other endearing moments betray writerly ambition, as in the line, '"Hands up," he
emitted', taken from an untitled story in epistolary form, introduced by a familiar
romance or adventure story preamble: 'These letters were found in a dug-out ...
The other Norbury College composition Amis mentions in the Memoirs was his '
first published work', a story of some 300 words (the length of most of the
notebook stories) entitled 'The Sacred Rhino of Uganda'. This story appeared in
It had the idea of ourselves as natural forces, growing as a flower does - or as a
tree.117 The undergraduates who call themselves 'The Seven' in Larkin's story
affect a camp and flirtatious manner. They are described in ways that recall ...
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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