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Kingsley Amis,: Modern Novelist

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This is a fascinating critical study of the life, work and milieu of one of Britain's best known and most popular novelists. Starting with a biographical overview of the influences on the developing writer while at home, at school, at Oxford, and at war, Dale Salwak goes on to offer the general reader a lively interpretation of all of Amis's novels, from Lucky Jim (1954) through to The Folks That Live on the Hill (1990), set against the ever-changing backdrop of the twentieth century. Dale Salwak makes extensive ...
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Overview

This is a fascinating critical study of the life, work and milieu of one of Britain's best known and most popular novelists. Starting with a biographical overview of the influences on the developing writer while at home, at school, at Oxford, and at war, Dale Salwak goes on to offer the general reader a lively interpretation of all of Amis's novels, from Lucky Jim (1954) through to The Folks That Live on the Hill (1990), set against the ever-changing backdrop of the twentieth century. Dale Salwak makes extensive use of the major Amis archives, and draws on material from Amis's notebooks, letters, juvenilia and manuscripts, as well as upon his own discussions with Amis and many of his friends. Waving these sources with his own critical appraisal, Salwak plots each step in the development of Amis's imaginative vision throughout his writing career. This illustrated study, which includes a selective chronology and a complete primary bibliography, will be read with pleasure by those who are interested in learning more about Kingsley Amis, modern novelist.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
...by far the most thorough yet written.
World Literature Today
This is clearly the single indispensible guide to Amis's fiction, unlikely to be surpassed or superceded for many years to come....Salwak's study provides a concise, reliable, indispensible guidebook to Amis's oeuvre-an ideal Baedeker to Philistinia.
MFS
Dale Salwak has skillfully and intelligently managed difficult terrain in his biographical treatment of Kingsley Amis....informed, well-focused and discerning...
— Barbara Everett, Somerville College, Oxford
The Hudson Review
It's...a good sign that...some recent books about Amis have been appearing.
— Barbara Everett, Somerville College, Oxford
CHOICE
...by far the most thorough yet written.
World Literature Today - Barbara Everett
It's...a good sign that...some recent books about Amis have been appearing.
The Hudson Review
"It's...a good sign that...some recent books about Amis have been appearing."
Barbara Everett
World Literature Today
"This is clearly the single indispensible guide to Amis's fiction, unlikely to be surpassed or superceded for many years to come....Salwak's study provides a concise, reliable, indispensible guidebook to Amis's oeuvre-an ideal Baedeker to Philistinia."
Mfs
"Dale Salwak has skillfully and intelligently managed difficult terrain in his biographical treatment of Kingsley Amis....informed, well-focused and discerning..."
Barbara Everett
Choice
"...by far the most thorough yet written."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780389209928
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Salwak is Professor of English at Southern California's Citrus College and the leading bibliographer of works by and about Kingsley Amis.
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Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Acknowledgements
Preface
Selective Chronology
1 The Early Years 1922-39 1
2 Oxford and the War Years 1940-7 23
3 A Promising Young Novelist 1946-53 53
4 A Comic World 1954-8 59
Lucky Jim 1954 60
The 'Angry Young Man' in Retrospect 75
That Uncertain Feeling 1955 83
I Like It Here 1958 101
5 Dimmer View 1959-60 109
Take A Girl Like You 1960 109
6 Disillusionment 1961-8 129
One Fat Englishman 1963 132
The Anti-Death League 1966 143
I Want It Now 1968 155
7 A Nightmare World 1969-74 163
The Green Man 1969 165
Girl, 20 1971 174
The Riverside Villas Murder 1973 180
Ending Up 1974 186
8 The Destruction of Beliefs 1975-80 197
The Alteration 1976 197
Jake's Thing 1978 207
Russian Hide-and-Seek 1980 212
9 The Perspective of Years 1981-90 225
Stanley and the Women 1984 226
The Old Devils 1986 241
Difficulties with Girls 1988 251
The Folks That Live on the Hill 1990 260
Epilogue 267
Notes 270
Bibliography 293
Index 296
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