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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Presumably Larkin himself had made reference to the rumour, or suggested it
was being spread by Wain. Amis does not sound particularly perturbed and the
passage ends on a characteristic note of encouragement about Larkin's own ...
Harrison suggested that the three couples, plus the two small Harrison children,
travel south in the camper into Yugoslavia. It would be Amis's first visit to a
Communist country. After crossing the Istrian countryside to Koper, formerly
A possible date for Amis's lecture is suggested by a comment in a letter Robert
Conquest wrote to Larkin on 1 February 1961: 'KA . . . departed to tell the
Cambridge audience about the moral motivations of literature' (Bodleian). 21
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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