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The Life Of Kingsley Amis by Zachary Leader (hardback)

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The life of kingsley amis UK hardcover
Publication of The Life of Kingsley Amis (UK hardcover version) by Zachary Leader.

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fellow writers, students and colleagues, many of them never before consulted, but also on hundreds of previously unpublished letters, Leader's biography will for the first time give a full picture of Amis' childhood, school days, life as a teacher, critic, political and cultural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.

Zachary Leader is Professor of English Literature at the University of Surrey, Roehampton.His books include On Modern British Fiction (2002) and Revision and Romantic Authorship (1999). His editing of Kingley Amis's Letters was described as 'omniscient' by John Carey in the Sunday Times, 'wondrously thorough' by Ian Hamilton in the LRB, and 'exemplary' by David Lodge in the TLS.

Hardcover: 600 pages
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0224062271
ISBN-13: 978-0224062275
Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 6.1 cm

"A detailed, intimate life of Amis as a friend, father, husband, wit, curmudgeon - and, above all, a writer."

"This biography is in its way superb...Well-written and balanced."
-Evening Standard

"Unsurprisingly in a biography of this size, he really has left no stone unturned."

"This is the best biography I have read for ages: deeply researched, crisply written and beautifully judged."
-Daily Telegraph

"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."

"Few literary biographies can match it for depth and intimacy."
-Sunday Times

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