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Memoirs - Kingsley Amis

Hutchinson, 1991, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper which is also lightly spotted on the reverse. Text complete, clean and tight. Illustrated with black and white photographs.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The publication of Kingsley Amis’s Memoirs is, of course, a major literary event. But reading them is also like a fascinating evening’s talk in the pub in the most congenial and entertaining company. As he writes in his preface, these memoirs ‘depend largely on a good memory for anecdotes and anecdotal detail… If some of the total result reads like my fiction, that does not point to its untruth, any more than plausible passages in my fiction are necessarily taken from life’. The book describes Amis’s family in South London, his schooldays, Oxford, his joining the Army midway through the war, and later Swansea, Cambridge and then leaving the academic world to work as a full-time writer. Interspersed are portraits of friends (and a few foes) ranging from Philip Larkin to Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Tom Driberg to Margaret Thatcher, Anthony Burgess to John Betjeman — an Amis gallery written in one of the few unmistakable literary voices of our time: acerbic, affectionate, authoritative, comic, occasionally rueful, always honest. And in looking back on decades of friendships, as well as on the quick clashes and lively skirmishes which also punctuate his personal and literary life, Sir Kingsley inevitably provides a revealing and most vivid self-portrait.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 346
ISBN: 0091745330

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