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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Monica may not have been as bad as Margaret, but Amis thought of her as more
trouble than she was worth ('Why do you go around with her such a lot?' he
asked in the letter about the Lake District trip),84 which seems sometimes to have
'I thought I could settle for seeing Kingsley for two weeks a year for the rest of my
life. I really believed that.'3 That Amis would not leave his wife and family did not
surprise her: 'I'd spent quite a lot of time in my life by then with married men with ...
and may even have thought something like what Amis says he said; but he
doubts that he said it. He describes Sullivan as 'very astute, intuitive and in the
Southern sense "proper'" (that is, cultivated, gentlemanly, like Donald Davidson).
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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