The Life of Kingsley Amis by Zachary Leader
Reviewed by Peter Green
The New Republic Online
"What essential ingredients go to make up a satirist? In particular, what high-octane social gases are needed to fuel, and to spark, his (seldom, till the feminist revolution, her) process of internal combustion? Facit indignatio versum, snarled Juvenal, that poverty-stricken and passÃ© gentleman place-seeker, two millennia ago: it is resentment that drives me to write. ClichÃ©-ridden hack writing, jumped-up rich lower-class arrivistes, pushy aggressive women, trendy homosexuals, pretentious bores, above all Greeks (Juvenal's anti-Hellenic rant has all the qualities of later anti-Semitism)..." Read the entire New Republic Online review.