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by Zachary Leader

Category: Literary
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Zachary Leader
ISBN: 0099428423
ISBN13: 978-0099428428
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage Books (November 6, 2007)
Pages: 998
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The authorized biography of Kingsley Amis, a man who enjoyed life. In the years between the publication of his first novel, Lucky Jim, in 1954 and his death in 1995, Kingsley Amis enjoyed, to a degree matched by few of his contemporaries, the career of a Major British Author

The authorized biography of Kingsley Amis, a man who enjoyed life. In the years between the publication of his first novel, Lucky Jim, in 1954 and his death in 1995, Kingsley Amis enjoyed, to a degree matched by few of his contemporaries, the career of a Major British Author. Toward the end of it, he harvested some of the traditional honors associated with such status: a CBE, a Booker Prize, six-figure advances, knighthood.

Despite the book's imposing heft, The Life of Kingsley Amis can be engaging and readable. Fans of Amis will appreciate Leader's comprehensive coverage, though some lengthy literary discussions can be heavy sledding.

Kingsley Amis is well served by Zachary Leader's coolly intelligent biography, says Andrew Motion. 822pp, Cape, £25. When Philip Larkin died, most of his readers reckoned they knew him pretty well; the Selected Letters and the biography made things more complicated. Although Larkin had never been slow to give his opinion about literature, politics and life in general, he'd also kept his distance, quarrelling more (in the Yeatsian formula) with himself than with "others", and cultivating a reputation as "the hermit of Hull".

Автор: Leader, Zachary Название: The Life of Kingsley Amis Издательство: Random House (USA) . This book traces Bellow& life away from the desk, as polemicist, teacher, husband, father and lover.

This book traces Bellow& life away from the desk, as polemicist, teacher, husband, father and lover. It also spans the period from Bellow& birth in 1915 to the publication of Herzog in 1964.

Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE (16 April 1922 – 22 October 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, various short stories, radio and television scripts, along with works of social and literary criticism. According to his biographer, Zachary Leader, Amis was "the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century. He is the father of British novelist Martin Amis.

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.

The overriding impression left by Zachary Leader's marvellous new biography is that of a comic talent best enjoyed in. .

The overriding impression left by Zachary Leader's marvellous 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. Amis's saloon-bar philistinism and hatred of the arty or pretentious was combined with exceptional knowledge and understanding of literature. It's a pleasure to read, and the accumulation of detail gives a real sense of a life being led. Amis was all too prescient when he claimed, apropos the expansion of university places, that "More Means Worse"; when it comes to his biography, more means even better.

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

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.

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 Amis’s friends, relatives, fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on almost a thousand 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, polemicist, 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 Kingsley Amis’s Letters (hailed in the Sunday Telegraph as “one of the last major monuments to the epistolary art”), Leader is more than qualified to be his authorized biographer. His book will surprise, entertain and illuminate.From the Hardcover edition.
Comments to eBook The Life of Kingsley Amis
Cointrius
I love Amis' work and expect that he'll be read as long as literature has legs, but this bio requires a lot of stamina. It's all there: drinking, carousing, family life, contrarian politics, the wicked sense of humor. Leader did an enormous amount of research and doesn't pull punches about some serious character flaws. One thing that bugged me throughout was the implicit assumption that the books and poetry were autobiographical - besides being factually wrong, this drags things out unnecessarily.

If I was going to pick out a novel of Amis for the uninitiated, I'd have to make it 3 of them to show his versatility: "Lucky Jim", "The Alteration", and "Ending Up". But you wouldn't go wrong with "Take A Girl Like You", "Girl, 20", "The Anti-Death League", his collected short stories or any of his criticism.
Kendis
This a hefty read -- there are relatively few biographies of literary figures that are as long. But, the length is worth it. Leader writes gracefully and interestingly about a man who often is hard to like but difficult not to admire. Most of us know Amis either as the author of "Lucky Jim" (book and movie) or as the father of the Booker Prize winner Martin Amis. Kingsley's career, however, is more important than those two claims to fame. He was one of the initiators of the Angry Young Men who had a major impact on English writing from the 1950s on. And, he brought back to English, and American poetry, an emphasis on accessibility to the average reader, although his effort is not always visible today. Further, he was the model of the hard-drinking, womanizing author that populates so much of popular fiction and film. In that story, we find a lot of what makes his life so sad as well as so interesting. And, this is an interesting book that takes you inside the creative process of writing and the destructive process of hard living.
GAMER
Tremendous amount of relating incidents in the novels to real life. This is ok occasionally and if the event is significant. But it occurs incessantly through the book and quickly becomes tedious and dull. The further you read the more passages you skip. Not a satisfactory taste in the mouth when - eventually - finished it.
net rider
To begin with I didn't like this book, in fact I put it away three times. This because of its style, I thought it humourless and pedantic.

In fact however Leader's style is down to a combination of academic virtuosity and prodigious research. Reading this, you get the feeling there is no-one who ever met Amis he hasn't talked to and made notes on. Consequently, during his account of any event in his life, you get references to different articles, conversations, references and asides that any number of acquaintances have come up with. Until you get used to it this makes the book very hard to read.

This is not the kind of biography where the author tells a story. Nor is it one where the author feels obliged to burden us with his opinions. But he does want to make sure we have understood the opinions of everyone who was involved at any time.

At no point is Leader analytical. When it comes to the difficulties or tragedies in Amis's life, we are spared sermons or even anything but his casual opinions. We are just told the story in unremitting - if appropriate - detail.

In the end I got enormous enjoyment, captivated by Amis's life. I got used to the style and it all flowed along. It was also easy to skip the odd page when the events discussed were not of interest without losing the rhythm.

I had read about eight of Amis's novels recently and wanted to know more about him and about his other works. This book works well for that as each book is discussed for itself and also situated in Amis's life.

The discussion of Amis's family life is rewarding and moving. You get the goods without being given the benefit of any moralising.

I don't read a lot of literary biographies, but I would have thought this a model.
Malaunitly
The Life of Kingsley Amis
By Zachary Leader

This biography of Kingsley Amis runs to nearly 1,000 pages, including notes, index and bibliography. It's the third Life in a little over ten years and the most inclusive. The research is meticulous, incorporating extracts from letters to Conquest, Larkin, Wain and others of the Angry Brigade. Included are passages from Amis's Memoirs, his novels and his poetry. Zachary takes the reader through every stage of his subject's life, from London to Oxford, to Wales, to America and back, giving hundreds of potted biographies en route, and illuminating both Amis's acerbic and his vulnerable side as man and writer.

For those who relished Amis's first novel Lucky Jim, this is a must. Zachary is amusing and informative on literary cabals, academic infighting, spicy gossip and scandal. If you manage to pick this book up you won't put it down easily. It offers book groups enough material for a year, a veritable treasure house for the Amis fan.
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