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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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2 Reading and Writing Amis started writing at a very early age. When Philip
Larkin told an interviewer that he himself had begun writing 'at puberty, like
everyone else', Amis was astonished. 'He left it until puberty? I'd been writing for
years by ...
Amis would agree, but does not see the English writer's situation as preferable.
After his experiences in the United States, 'I am strongly drawn to an environment
in which the editorship of an important review, for example, does not make one a
'I think of myself like a sort of mid- or late- Victorian person,' he told Dale Salwak
in 1974, 'not in outlook but in the position of writing a bit of poetry (we forget that
George Eliot also wrote verse), writing novels, being interested in questions of ...
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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