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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Don't you like me?' 'Yes of course; I like you but I do not like you to do that.' 'I can't
see why not.' - 'But Francis it is wrong . . . Tell me - would you like your sister to do
that?' - 'It's entirely her own affair what she does.' - 'I am sorry: would you say ...
Though Amis says here that he 'had been intending to marry Hilly at some point',
it is impossible to tell what would have happened had she not got pregnant. He
was fonder of Hilly than of any other girl, was keen to be with her and knew they ...
In order these ran: milkie-pilkies, sardeenies, mousie, bunnie-wunnie, collar-
waller with bellsie-wellsies, and creamie.'*' Adela's ways of being annoying are
less exclusively linguistic. In addition to telling people to do what they do anyway
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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