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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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Teaching and undergraduate residence sometimes ran on into the vacations; the
line between term and vacation began to blur for everyone, not just the idle.
Though the city was never bombed, despite the importance of Cowley for
In the second of Larkin's undergraduate 'schoolgirl' novels, Michaelmas Term at
St Bride's, as Marie mounts 'the carpeted steps of Elliston and Cavell to drink
coffee' she sees her friend Margaret sitting alone, coolly composed, 'while the ...
'an indefinable and daunting air of maturity'.3' 'Here was an undergraduate,' Amis
thought, 'the real thing.' In later, full-dress sightings, Montgomery 'inclined to a
fancy waist-coated, suede-shoed style with cigarette-holders and rings'.
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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