Kingsley Amis

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Kingsley Amis

Writers and Their Work


June 1st, 1998

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Since the 1950’s Amis has been one of the most popular novelists in Britain. From Lucky Jim (1954) to The Biographer’s Moustache (1995) his novels have mixed realism, fantasy, black comedy and satire. His public image has been equally varied: angry young man, left wing liberal, club-land Tory, shameless misogynist. This book shows us the real Amis. He offers us versions of ourselves but he does not instruct or explain. His technical craftsmanship rivals that of the modernists but he remains accessible to the ordinary reader. Amis’s novels remind us that fiction can be as engaging and immediate as television and film, but also that the medium of language is more effective than either of these in its ability to consume our anxieties, doubts and pleasures.

Author Information

Richard Bradford is Professor of English at the University of Ulster. He has taught and written widely on a wide range of critical aspects of literature. Among his many books are: Kingsley Amis (1989; A Linguistic History of English Poetry (1993); Stylistics (1996) and Introducing Literary Studies (Ed.) (1996).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Biographical Outline7
1 Introducing Kingsley Amis12
2 Method and Development: Lucky Jim (1954) to The Biographer’s Moustache21
Lucky Jim and the fifties21
Unusual realism: the strange fictions of the sixties and seventies30
The realist returns: Jake’s Thing to The Biographer’s Moustache48
Short stories61
3 Sex68
4 Opinions: Politics, Nation, God, Class and Race83
5 Poetry103
Select Bibliography123