Lucky Him: The Biography of Kingsley Amis

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9780720611175: Lucky Him: The Biography of Kingsley Amis

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The works of the late Kingsley Amis will surely stand as some of the most original and brilliantly crafted contributions to post-war English fiction. Yet, in the light of his recently published Letters and Martin Amis's Experience, it would appear that our understanding of this writer needs to be entirely re-thought. Kingsley Amis frequently affirmed that his fiction was not based on his life; he even issued an elaborate note of denial in a TLS essay called 'Real and Made-up People'; if some parallels were obvious (Jim Dixon in Lucky Jim was, like his creator an impoverished young academic in a provincial university), they were hardly worth comment, and the one novel by that time - 1973 - that was based on real people and actual events (I Like It Here) was written 'out of laziness or sagging invention' and was 'by common consent, my worst'. However Professor Richard Bradford would argue in this book, the first serious study of the writer in almost a decade and the first to incorporate his Letters, that Amis's fiction stands as one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking autobiographies ever produced. He demonstates that there exists a dynamic relationship between what Kingsley Amis did, thought, experienced and what he wrote. His literary skills were tested and extended in their dealings with the confounding, puzzling panorama of his life. Richard Bradford makes clear that a trawl through reviews of both the Letters and Experience reveals a significant distortion of the facts about Amis in the interests of PC dogma; he believes that it is not possible to offer a comprehensive picture of Kingsley Amis the man, as husband, philanderer, friend, father, jester, boozer, agnostic, pseudo-socialist and club-land Tory, without considering the relationship between what we know and that private world in which what he knew was re-examined, re-modelled and written.

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"What Bradford contributes to the picture is a persuasive analysis of the autobiographical subtext running through the fiction . . . as a result of his painstaking and wellwritten study, the reader is brought closer to the man and his work." "Times Literary Supplement""

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Descripción Peter Owen Publishers, United Kingdom, 2001. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 218 x 142 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Kingsley Amis always claimed that his fiction was not based on his life, and he worked hard and quite successfully at obscuring the autobiographical threads that run through his novels. But they exist, and Richard Bradford traces the channels between Amis s experiences, his states of mind, and his fictionalized versions of both. Bradford s biography shows that it is impossible to offer a comprehensive picture of Amis the man as husband, philanderer, friend, father, jester, son, boozer, agnostic, pseudo-socialist, and club-land Tory without also considering how each dimension of his life tested and extended his literary skills. Sometimes he remodeled the present, particularly during the 1950s when his books reflected his double life as family man and prolific libertine. He revisited the past in novels such as The Riverside Villas Murder, a detective story that tells us much about his early relationship with his father. Less frequently he took revenge, notably with his cruel parody of his second wife Elizabeth Jane Howard in Stanley and the Women. Readers of Amis s books often feel as if they have had a personal encounter with a shadowy presence behind the words, and Bradford s biography embodies this shadow. Nº de ref. de la librería AAZ9780720611175

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Descripción Peter Owen Publishers, United Kingdom, 2001. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 218 x 142 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The works of the late Kingsley Amis will surely stand as some of the most original and brilliantly crafted contributions to post-war English fiction. Yet, in the light of his recently published Letters and Martin Amis s Experience, it would appear that our understanding of this writer needs to be entirely re-thought. Kingsley Amis frequently affirmed that his fiction was not based on his life; he even issued an elaborate note of denial in a TLS essay called Real and Made-up People ; if some parallels were obvious (Jim Dixon in Lucky Jim was, like his creator an impoverished young academic in a provincial university), they were hardly worth comment, and the one novel by that time - 1973 - that was based on real people and actual events (I Like It Here) was written out of laziness or sagging invention and was by common consent, my worst . However Professor Richard Bradford would argue in this book, the first serious study of the writer in almost a decade and the first to incorporate his Letters, that Amis s fiction stands as one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking autobiographies ever produced. He demonstates that there exists a dynamic relationship between what Kingsley Amis did, thought, experienced and what he wrote. His literary skills were tested and extended in their dealings with the confounding, puzzling panorama of his life. Richard Bradford makes clear that a trawl through reviews of both the Letters and Experience reveals a significant distortion of the facts about Amis in the interests of PC dogma; he believes that it is not possible to offer a comprehensive picture of Kingsley Amis the man, as husband, philanderer, friend, father, jester, boozer, agnostic, pseudo-socialist and club-land Tory, without considering the relationship between what we know and that private world in which what he knew was re-examined, re-modelled and written. Nº de ref. de la librería AAZ9780720611175

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