The Letters of Kingsley Amis Hardcover – 15 May 2000
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As well as being a prolific novelist, Kingsley Amis loved to write letters. And whether one views him as a comic genius or misanthropic bar-fly, his literary output alone justifies the publication of this comprehensive collection. Here are fulminations to the press, laddish porn-swapping with best friend Philip Larkin, along with numerous communications, charming and vitriolic, to editors and agents.
Those seeking revelations might be disappointed but browsers will find a treasury of poignant detail. As an undergraduate, Amis advises Larkin on girls; he's still doing so 30 years later. As a father, he cloaks pride with irony ("Scoundrelly Mart has sold his novel to the Yanks", he fumes, a propos of Martin Amis's The Rachel Papers). An avowed enemy of sentiment, he pens touching notes to his second wife, replete with pet names and illustrations. Later, he is vulnerable--terrified by alcoholism, widening waistbands and false teeth. This collection does not pretend to provide a key to his complex personality, but amply fulfils Amis's own prophecy: "What a feast is awaiting chaps ... when our ... letters come out". Not even appetites of Amis's proportions could digest this feast at one sitting--The Letters of Kingsley Amis is a book to be savoured over a lifetime. --Matthew Baylis
‘You can put this book in front of people and watch them crack up’
David Sexton, Evening Standard
‘A bracing delight’
Julie Burchill, Guardian
‘Better than Evelyn Waugh’
‘A wonderful, wickedly enjoyable collection’
Andrew Vine, Yorkshire Post
Katharine Whitehorn, Observer
Blake Morrison, Independent on Sunday
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This is a huge book, at 1200 pages. I read it, to be honest, because I found it in a bargain bookshop for £1. Per page, maybe the best value book I have bought. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2011 by Steve Hudson
To anyone interested in Amis, these letters are indispensable. The core of this 1200 page book is his correspondence with Larkin. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2011 by conjunction