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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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 Max realises that Kingsley is drifting away from commitment to Jane, he
turns on him: 'You think that because you have written down some men on a list
inside your head as nasty you will never be on that list yourself; that is a wrong, ...
Amis started his writing career wishing to be a poet, and became a novelist who
had written poems; Larkin started his writing career wishing to be a novelist, and
became a poet who had written novels. While Amis was soliciting advice from ...
'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