The Life of Kingsley Amis
Random House, 2007 - Novelists, English - 998 pages
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 Amisís friends, relatives, fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand previously unpublished letters, Leaderís biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amisís childhood, school-days, life as a teacher, critic, polemicist, professional author, husband, father and lover. He explores Amisís fears and phobias, and the role that drink played in his life. And of course he pays due attention to Amisís work.
As the editor of Kingsley Amisís Letters (hailed in the Sunday Telegraph as ďone of the last major monuments to the epistolary artĒ), Leader is more than qualified to be his authorized biographer. His book will surprise, entertain and illuminate.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: The Life of Kingsley AmisUser Review - Dan Honeywell - Goodreads
Like most biographers about writers, the early years are difficult to get into. But when the writing years begin, you're engrossed. I enjoyed this, the good and bad about Mr. Amis. He was a great talent, witty, inciteful, and one of the writers I've enjoyed the most. Read full review
Review: The Life of Kingsley AmisUser Review - Bill Peschel - Goodreads
Loved this book. Full of great details used in Writers Gone Wild and its (I hope) sequel. Read full review