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The Letters of Kingsley Amis - Kingsley Amis, Zachary Leader
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2001, ISBN: 0786867574

[SR: 2228438], Hardcover, [EAN: 9780786867578], Miramax Books, Miramax Books, Book, [PU: Miramax Books], 2001-11-01, Miramax Books, As well as being a prolific novelist, Kingsley Amis loved to write letters. And whether one views him as a comic genius or misanthropic bar-fly, his literary output alone justifies the publication of this comprehensive collection. Here are fulminations to the press, laddish porn-swapping with best friend Philip Larkin, along with numerous communications, charming and vitriolic, to editors and agents. Those seeking revelations might be disappointed but browsers will find a treasury of poignant detail. As an undergraduate, Amis advises Larkin on girls; he's still doing so 30 years later. As a father, he cloaks pride with irony ("Scoundrelly Mart has sold his novel to the Yanks", he fumes, a propos of Martin Amis's The Rachel Papers). An avowed enemy of sentiment, he pens touching notes to his second wife, replete with pet names and illustrations. Later, he is vulnerable--terrified by alcoholism, widening waistbands and false teeth. This collection does not pretend to provide a key to his complex personality, but amply fulfils Amis's own prophecy: "What a feast is awaiting chaps ... when our ... letters come out". Not even appetites of Amis's proportions could digest this feast at one sitting--The Letters of Kingsley Amis is a book to be savoured over a lifetime. --Matthew Baylis, 267954, Novelists, Poets & Playwrights, 67, Biography, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 275068, History & Criticism, 275070, Children's Literature Studies, 275071, Drama & Dramatists, 274863, History of Books, 591858, Key Critics, 275080, Literary Studies, 275096, Literary Theory & Movements, 275105, Novels & Novelists, 275110, Poetry & Poets, 591932, Study Guides, 275389, Poetry, Drama & Criticism, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books

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In 1954, 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 more. This collection contains more 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 stature. arts and literature,authors,biographies,essays and correspondence,history and criticism,letters and correspondence,literature and fiction,memoirs,movements and periods,teen and young adult Teen & Young Adult, Miramax Books

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In 1954, 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 more. This collection contains more 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 stature. arts and literature,authors,biographies,essays and correspondence,history and criticism,letters and correspondence,literary,literary criticism,literary criticism and collections,literature Teen & Young Adult, Miramax Books

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Best known today as the author of Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis profoundly influenced the evolution of modern fiction. Sardonic, anti-romantic, savage in his attacks on pomposity, he both made the anti-hero a literary archetype...and became one. Over 800 letters span fifty years from Amis's student days at Oxford to his death in 1995. His association with the Angry Young Men and the influential Movement poets, his blistering opinions of other writers, and his passions for jazz, whiskey, women, science-fiction, and the English language bump shoulders with pique, frustrations, and laments about two broken marriages and a shattered personal life. Scandalously funny, combative, and ultimately moving, this important collection provides a rare avenue into the raging, iconoclastic postwar literary world...and an astonishing self-portrait of a man. The Letters of Kingsley Amis Amis, Kingsley / Leader, Zachary, Hyperion Books

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The Letters of Kingsley Amis
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Zachary Leader

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The Letters of Kingsley Amis

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0786867574

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780786867578
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0786867574
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Publishing year: 2001
Publisher: Miramax Books

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