Life of Kingsley Amis

Life of Kingsley Amis

by Zachary Leader

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In this authorised biography, Zachary Leader argues that Kingsley Amis was not only the finest comic novelist of his generation, but a dominant figure in post-war British writing, as novelist, poet, critic and polemicist.

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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on hundreds of previously unpublished letters, Leader's biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis's childhood, school days, life as a teacher, critic, political and cultural commentator, 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 The Letters of Kingsley Amis, hailed in The Sunday Telegraph as 'one of the last major monuments to the epistolary art', Leader is more than qualified to be his authorised biographer. His book will surprise, entertain and illuminate.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307496454
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/12/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1008
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Zachary Leader is Professor of English Literature at Roehampton University. His books include On Modern British Fiction (2002) and Revision and Romantic Authorship (1999). His editing of Kingley Amis's Letters was described as 'omniscient' by John Carey in the Sunday Times, 'wondrously thorough' by Ian Hamilton in the London Review of Books, and 'exemplary' by David Lodge in the Times Literary Supplement.

Zachary Leader is Professor of English at the University of Roehampton. He is the author of Reading Blake’s Songs, Writer’s Block, Revision and Romantic Authorship and The Life of Kingsley Amis. Among the books he has edited are The Letters of Kingsley Amis and On Modern British Fiction. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Table of Contents

Preface to the American Paperback Edition
1. Family
2. Reading and Writing
3. City of London
4. CLS at Marlborough
5. Wartime Oxford
6. The War
7. Post-war Oxford
8. Newly Married: Oxford and Eynsham
9. Swansea
10. Making Lucky Jim
11. Fame and Friendship
12. Uncertain Feelings
13. 'Fun'
14. Abroad
15. Widening Horizons
16. Princeton
17. Patric and Dai
18. Cambridge
19. Waking Beauty
20. Break-up
21. Divisions
22. Lefties, Toffs, and Bigots
23. Lemmons
24. Dissolution
25. Nadir
26. Return
27. Ending Up
28. Afterlife


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