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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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One of the many extra duties Ellingham took on at Marlborough was coaching
Amis for his Oxbridge examinations, particularly for the General Paper.6' It was
Ellingham, Amis suspected, who had smoothed the way for his transfer from ...
That Nicola's name appears nowhere in Amis's correspondence during the years
he and Jane lived together is worth remarking. Once Jane moved out of
Edwardes Square, it took her three years to finish The Beautiful Visit. She took no
On 20 September, in the middle of the night, Amis woke up, dressed himself,
undressed himself, took a shower and when Hilly awoke mumbled something
about catching a train. Hilly got him back into bed and the next morning he
walked out ...
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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