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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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'Why are you shong your teeth in that way,' Amis wrote to Larkin after informing
him of Wain's success, 'and screwing up your eyes, and bending forward, and
crying 8 as if in pain?'57 A year later, Wain was also appointed to a lectureship in
That Larkin didn't drop or rebuke Amis over Winifred or over his 'cutting at' Monica
in 'Dixon' (the phrase is Amis's to Larkin)91 is telling. Several years after the
publication of Lucky Jim, on 24 September 1956, Amis wrote to Larkin after a ...
That all the attention Amis was receiving in 1954 played some part in delaying
his progress on That Uncertain Feeling is suggested by several passages in the
letters. 'I feel in a sense "they can't stop me now",' Amis wrote to Larkin only two ...
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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