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The Life of Kingsley Amis

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Kingsley Amis was not only the finest comic novelist of his generation, but also a dominant figure in postand#8211;World War II British writing as a novelist, poet, critic, and polemicist. Zachary Leaderand#8217;s definitive, authorized biography conjures in vivid detail the life of one of the most controversial figures of twentieth-century literature, renowned for his blistering intelligence, savage wit, and belligerent fierceness of opinion.and#160;

In The Life of Kingsley Amis, Leader, the acclaimed editor of The Letters of Kingsley Amis, draws not only on published and unpublished works and correspondence, but also on interviews with a wide range of Amisand#8217;s friends, relatives, fellow writers, students, and colleagues, many of whom have never spoken publicly before. The result is a compulsively readable account of Amisand#8217;s childhood, school days, and life as a student at Oxford, teacher, critic, political and cultural commentator, professional author, husband, father, and lover. Neither evading nor sensationalizing the more salacious aspects of Amisand#8217;s life, Leader explores the writerand#8217;s phobias, self-doubts, and ambitions; the controversies in which he was embroiled; and the role that drink played in a life bedeviled by erotic entanglements, domestic turbulence, and personal disaster.and#160;

Here is the biography that its subject deserves. Like Amis himself, it is incisive and unsentimental, deeply appreciative of aesthetic achievement, and a great source of amusing anecdotes. Dazzling for its thoroughness, psychological acuity, and elegant style, The Life of Kingsley Amis is exemplary: literary biography at its very best.

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Kingsley Amis was not only the finest comic novelist of his generation, but also a dominant figure in postand#8211;World War II British writing as a novelist, poet, critic, and polemicist. Zachary Leaderand#8217;s definitive, authorized biography conjures in vivid detail the life of one of the most controversial figures of twentieth-century literature, renowned for his blistering intelligence, savage wit, and belligerent fierceness of opinion.and#160;

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“Zachary Leader … did his work very well, combining diligent scholarship with an attractively unflinching response to ‘old devilry’… The Life of Kingsley Amis is very long, very thorough and very straight-talking.” —Andrew Motion, The Guardian
“The overriding impression left by Zachary Leader’s marvelous new biography is that of a comic talent best enjoyed in aphoristic vein, or when seeking to annoy, and of a curmudgeon who could be both endearing and appalling… It’s a pleasure to read, and the accumulation of detail gives a real sense of a life being led.” —Jeremy Lewis, The Independent
“Zachary Leader’s The Life of Kingsley Amis is a better biography than many bigger writers have had: detailed, sympathetic, unsparing without being unkind.” —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

Table of Contents

Preface to the American Paperback Edition

Illustrations

Introduction

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. Makingand#160;Lucky Jim

11. Fame and Friendship

12. Uncertain Feelings

13. and#39;Funand#39;

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

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810127593
Author:
Leader, Zachary
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7
Pages:
1012
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Kingsley Amis was not only the finest comic novelist of his generation, but also a dominant figure in postand#8211;World War II British writing as a novelist, poet, critic, and polemicist. Zachary Leaderand#8217;s definitive, authorized biography conjures in vivid detail the life of one of the most controversial figures of twentieth-century literature, renowned for his blistering intelligence, savage wit, and belligerent fierceness of opinion.and#160;

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