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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leader’s biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis’s childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional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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He likes young people. You will agreee peee46 it's a fallacy that old people are
interested in the concerns of young people. They don't want to hear what the
young say. They want to make the young hear what they say. More of a triumph to
This is from a letter of 25 September 1946. A year later, on 5 September 1947,
Amis returns to the theme: 'I talked in the pub the other night to a young chap and
his young lady about things like Russia and women. I reflected to myself that they
The view of Amis as exemplar as well as chronicler of the new class led to his
association with a second literary grouping, that of the Angry Young Men. When
John Osborne's Look Back in Anger opened at the Royal Court in May 1956, ...
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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