Martin Amis carried the nickname of “enfante terrible of British literature” far past his youthful debut at 24. His novels focus on excesses -- drugs, sex, money -- prompting Christopher Buckley to note in The New York Times in 1995 that “his terrain is the junkyard of the human psyche” and “Mr. Amis is his generation’s top literary dog.”
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Also Known As:
Martin Louis Amis (full name)
Date of Birth:
August 25, 1949
Place of Birth:
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford
Somerset Maugham Award, National Book League, for The Rachel Papers, 1974; James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, for Experience, 2000; National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism category, for The War Against Cliche, 2001
|An Amis Sampler|
Equally at home in satirical novels and biting critical essays, wickedly funny short stories and intimate autobiography, Amis is widely regarded as one of the most influential yet inimitable voices in contemporary fiction, a writer whose prose captures the warp-speed rush of modernity. Featuring key excerpts, essays, and other supplemental materials, this helpful introductory reader is a great way to get started on exploring Amis's body of work.
|A Writer's Way|
|Amis sees a danger in composing directly on a computer. "I don't want to fall into the trap that I think is there for people who use computers for creative writing that nothing is ever really finished, because it is so easy to go back and rewrite a phrase," he said to Writer in 2000. "My father had a rule: Don't put it down unless it's right, and stay with it until it is right."