Kingsley Amis - Memoirs - London - Hutchinson - 1991 - 1st edition - hardcover with gilt print and dust jacket with protective foil - 24 × 16 cm - 346 pp. - 3 photo sections - Index - signed by Amis - fore-edge a bit splodgy, otherwise fine.
Kingsley William Amis (London, 22 April 1922 - 22 October 1995) was an English author of approx. twenty (mostly humorous) novels, six volumes of poetry, several collections of short stories and a dozen works of social and literary criticism. He was also a lecturer in Swansea (1948-1961) and in Cambridge (1961-1963). His style is characterised by biting observations, a very good ear for the English idiom and sometimes hilarious plots.
Amis was born in London and was educated at the City of London School and studied literature at St John's College, Oxford. He served in the Royal Corps of Signals before he continued his studies in 1947. He made his breakthrough with his first book Lucky Jim, which became a bestseller and set a new trend in contemporary literature. He was a representative of the movement now known as the Angry Young Men. Lucky Jim was the first book in which an ‘common man’ played a leading role as an antihero. In addition, Amis was interested in science fiction and compiled a few anthologies.
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