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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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... for Latin unseen, a lesson in which boys 'went up to him in turn at his desk to
have their last week's efforts briefly gone over; the rest of the time they translated
one of his selections from the much-hated book they used for this purpose.' Robin
Later in her letter Dame Edith declared: 'I shall, no doubt, be told that little Mr.
Tomkins (or whatever his name may be), this week's new great poet, does not
incorporate in his work phrases from the past, giving them a twist, and importing
For some weeks, whenever Amis went out to lunch at the Garrick, she would
remove suitcases of her clothes to the Camden house of her friend Ursula
Vaughan Williams, widow of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. It was at
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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