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Kingsley Amis : a biography

Author: Eric Jacobs
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Kingsley Amis arrived on the English literary scene with the publication of his classic novel Lucky Jim in 1954, and few writers since have provoked such wildly disparate degrees of laughter, admiration, and contempt in the reading public. For better or worse, Amis was known almost as much for his personality as for his work as a novelist - for his outspoken nature (one columnist called him "a literary rottweiler"),  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Kingsley Amis; Kingsley Amis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Jacobs
ISBN: 0312186029 9780312186029
OCLC Number: 38542533
Notes: "A Thomas Dunne book."
Originally published: London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1995.
Description: xvii, 392 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Eric Jacobs.

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Kingsley Amis arrived on the English literary scene with the publication of his classic novel Lucky Jim in 1954, and few writers since have provoked such wildly disparate degrees of laughter, admiration, and contempt in the reading public. For better or worse, Amis was known almost as much for his personality as for his work as a novelist - for his outspoken nature (one columnist called him "a literary rottweiler"), his unfashionable praise for Thatcherism, and his devotion to whiskey - and in this, the only authorized biography of Amis, Eric Jacobs captures that personality with sympathetic detail and doses of Amisian wit. Amis's life was in turns both tragic and triumphant, and from it Jacobs manages to spin a narrative that mirrors the sprightliness and originality of his subject's work.

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