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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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live,' and eventually spend money on a pram and furniture, and have to nurse the
baby, but I can foresee myself not minding these things as much as I have
minded other things in my life, and this time I shall be getting things in return. Also
Here is how Christine makes the opposing case, the case for responsible
concern: Don't you ever think people do things because they want to do them,
because they want to do what's for the best? I don't see how it helps to call doing
the right ...
she might be taken in by some things about them'.43 This description, also from
the 1975 interview, recalls the poetic 'Epilogue' to 'H.', that is, Hilly, in Amis's
Memoirs, which describes her, when Amis first met and pursued her, as 'whole, ...
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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