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The Letters of Kingsley Amis

(2000)
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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.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: The Letters of Kingsley Amis
Author(s): Zachary Leader
ISBN: 0-7868-6757-4 / 978-0-7868-6757-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Miramax Books
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May 2000 : UK Hardback
Title: The Letters of Kingsley Amis
Author(s): Kingsley Amis
ISBN: 0-00-257095-5 / 978-0-00-257095-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

May 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: The Letters of Kingsley Amis
Author(s): Kingsley Amis
ISBN: 0-00-638783-7 / 978-0-00-638783-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Letters of Kingsley Amis
Author(s): Zachary Leader
Publisher: HarperCollins
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