The Letters of Kingsley Amis

The Letters of Kingsley Amis In Kingsley Amis grabbed the attention of the literary world as one of the Angry Young Men with his first novel Lucky Jim He maintained a public image of blistering intelligence savage wit and

  • Title: The Letters of Kingsley Amis
  • Author: Kingsley Amis Zachary Leader
  • ISBN: 9780786867578
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1854, Kingsley Amis grabbed the attention of the literary world as one of the Angry Young Men with his first novel Lucky Jim He maintained a public image of blistering intelligence, savage wit, and belligerent fierceness of opinion until his death in 1995 In his letters, he confirms the legendary aspects of his reputation, and much This collection contains In 1854, Kingsley Amis grabbed the attention of the literary world as one of the Angry Young Men with his first novel Lucky Jim He maintained a public image of blistering intelligence, savage wit, and belligerent fierceness of opinion until his death in 1995 In his letters, he confirms the legendary aspects of his reputation, and much This collection contains than eight hundred letters that divulge the secrets of the artist and the man, with an honesty and immediacy rare in any biography or memoir.Amis, so assured in his pronouncements on fellow writers, grapples privately with fears, self doubts, ambitions, and personal disasters He is wildly funny, indulging in mordant gossip and astonishing frankness with his intimate friends and lovers Some letters are dashed off with signature frustration others are written with painstaking and painful circumspection They make vivid the triumphs and tumult of his life and his times, from post war Britain through the Thatcher era, as well as his attractions to women, jazz, drink, and the comic possibilities of the English language As an intellectual pugilist who took no prisoners, Kingsley Amis had few peers These letters, at times scandalous, at times tragic, reinforce his historical relevance and literary statureNGSLEY AMIS was born in London in 1922 From his fictional debut with Lucky Jim to his death in 1995, he published twenty five novels and numerous works of non fiction, verse, volumes of short stories, and anthologies of poetry and prose He was also a prolific critic and polemicist in newspapers and magazines He was knighted in 1990CHARY LEADER is professor of English literature at the University of Surrey Roehampton Among his books are Reading Blake s Songs, Writer s Block, and Revision and Romantic Authorship He lives in London, and is a regular contributor to The London Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement.

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    • Edward Waverley says:

      Even if this is not the longest book I’ve ever read (and it may well be), it is certainly the single book that has taken me the most time in going from cover to cover. I bought my copy not long after my wedding in 2006 and have been dipping in and out for nigh on three years, with a couple of periods of fairly committed reading, as well as a couple more of total neglect. It’s that kind of book—wonderful and satisfying, but far too immense to inspire (at least from me) unswerving devotion. [...]

    • Timothy Hallinan says:

      Amis is one of my favorite 20th-century novelists and an exhaustive correspondent -- maybe even a little too exhaustive. There are great letters here, among them the long correspondence between Amis and his lifelong friend, the port Philip Larkin. The book follows these two complex, fiercely intelligent, not-very-tolerant men from just-post university to middle age and, ultimately, Larkin's death. A wonderful Aladdin's cave of feelings, opinions, creative insights, and love between two prickly i [...]

    • Brent Legault says:

      An amazing collection. An unholy amassment of lovely vitrol and the occasional sweetmeat. I enjoyed reading these letters too much, I think. They took over my life for a little while. So happy am I to've not been his son. Or his contemporary. Can't imagine what he'd've thought of . On second thought, I can imagine what he'd say. What a jolly bitter bastard!

    • Rumple says:

      The proper category for this is 'always reading'. A wonderful bedside companion. Kingsley Amis put the best of his writing into his letters, and no book has made me laugh more. Scurrilous, gossipy, occasionally wise, the letters are beautifully modulated, filled with wonderful catty vignettes and without a touch of nasty, brutish 'fine' writing.

    • Tim says:

      A magnificent tome--more than 1000 pages and every one of them worth reading for all their opinionated, rancorous honesty. True, one has to be an Amis fan (guilty!) to find these letters so fascinating, but even his casual notes are interesting.

    • Clint says:

      As hysterical as Kingsley Amis is in his books and when quoted by Martin Amis, I would think this book would be really funny. Sadly, it is not.

    • Melbourne Bitter says:

      Loved the poem in Appendix C. Very funny.

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