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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Larkin was also taken with Layard's view of women, the subject of his closing
lecture, 'a damn fine talk'. This talk Larkin summarises in a letter to Sutton of 16
June 1941: 'The solution as he saw it was that women should be the priestesses
57 Socialism and the Intellectuals began life as a talk Amis gave to 'a weekend
school'58 held by the Fabians the previous Easter. The talk's chief aim was 'to
draw as many hear-hears as possible' and in this it succeeded. The pamphlet, he
F. I am going to talk to you. J. I don't know if I can do that. F. Put Cecil here who is
alive and experiment . . . Express how you feel. Jane then proceeds to do so, first
taking on the part of herself asking things of Cecil, then replying in Cecil's voice.
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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