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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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When a baseball sailed on to his property from the Kempton front lawn, narrowly
missing his wife, he muttered about 'a law case I'd have loved to have'.15 John
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The main characters are the society's Secretary and Treasurer. 'Like most
imaginative people,' the Treasurer 'had a rather literal mind. And so, as they knew
, he was a keen reader of science fiction.' The Treasurer's wife thinks he is
These adjectives apply to the depiction of Stanley's wives and the therapists who
treat his schizophrenic son Steve, but they hardly apply to Stanley's feelings
about Steve himself, which carry not only Amis's fears for his own sanity but his
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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