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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' 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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on hundreds of previously unpublished letters, Leader's biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis' childhood, school days, life as a teacher, critic, political and cultural commentator, professional author, husband, father and lover. He explores Amis' fears and phobias, and the role that drink played in his life. And of course he pays due attention to Amis' 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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"Few literary biographies can match it for depth and intimacy" -- Sunday Times
"This is the best biography I have read for ages: deeply
researched, crisply written and beautifully judged" -- Daily Telegraph
"Unsurprisingly in a biography of this size, he really has left no
stone unturned" -- Scotsman
"awe-inspiring research" -- Seven, The Sunday Telegraph
"marvellous ... It's a pleasure to read, and the accumulation of
detail gives a real sense of a life being led" -- Independent
"this biography is in its way superb...Well-written [and]
balanced" -- Evening Standard
Books of the Year. Chosen by Andrew Marr -- The Saturday Herald
Diary Story. Julian Barnes on Kingsley Amis -- Independent on Sunday
The book I most look forward to reading is Zachary Leader's The
Life of Kingsley Amis" -- The Irish Times Books of the Year. Rev by Adam Sisman
`A detailed, intimate life of Amis as a friend, father, husband, wit, curmudgeon - and, above all, a writer'
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Book Description Jonathan Cape, 2006. First Edition. Condition: new. 1st edition 2nd printing new hardcover book new dw In stock shipped from our UK warehouse. Seller Inventory # 45001