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The Anti-egotist: Kingsley Amis, Man of Letters Hardcover – 1 Jan 1996

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  • Hardcover: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc; First Editiion First Printing edition (Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195087364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195087369
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.2 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 707,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the Author: Paul Fussell is the author of a number of books of literary and cultural criticism and social history. They include The Great War and Modern Memory (winner of the National Book Award), Abroad: British Literary Travelling Between the Wars, and Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War.

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A fine tribute to our greatest post-war writer.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8e83bce4) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x8ecf61bc) out of 5 stars Essential for Amis fans 26 Jun. 1999
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I had to have this one - an intersection of two writers I've admired for some time. Fussel is probably the ideal person to write such an appraisal. As mentioned above, the lack of critical theoryspeak is most welcome. The interpretation of Amis as a moral satirist (which isn't a category that you see very much) provides a useful key to most of his work (fiction, poetry, and prose alike.) If you're a fan of the work, you'll enjoy this - it's like having a chance to sit down across from an intelligent, perceptive reader who likes the same things you do.
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HASH(0x8f244b10) out of 5 stars Remarkable book 24 Aug. 2002
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Format: Hardcover
"For all the sometimes rowdy comedy attending Amis's depictions of meanness, his understanding of its psychology is complicated and serious. It is, if funny, also immoral, so little and minimal, practiced by wee men only. And it betrays neurosis, implying constant "paranoid" watchfulness lest one be had. It keeps one on a constant stretch of attentive calculation, and this finally becomes a substitute for thought, as well as replacing an objective interest in things outside oneself."
"I feel STRETCHED", Bilbo Baggins after having the One Ring for a while.
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