|Sir Kingsley Amis|
Kingsley William Amis|
April 16 1922
Clapham, South London, England
October 22 1995 (aged 73)|
|Occupation||Novelist, poet, critic, teacher|
|Literary movement||Angry Young Men|
Hilary Ann Bardwell (1948–1965, divorced)|
Elizabeth Jane Howard (1965–1983, divorced)
Sally Amis (deceased)
Amis wrote more than 20 novels, 6 volumes of poetry, a memoir, various short stories, radio and television scripts, and works of social and literary criticism. According to his biographer, Zachary Leader, Amis was "the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century." He was the father of English novelist Martin Amis.
Youth and educationEdit
After only a year, in July 1942, he was called up for national service. After serving in the Royal Corps of Signals in the World War II, Amis returned to Oxford in October 1945 to complete his degree. Although he worked hard and earned a 1947 1st in English, he had by then decided to give much of his time to writing. In 1946, he became a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.(Citation needed)
In 1946 Amis met Hilary Bardwell; they married in 1948 after she became pregnant with their 1st child, Philip. Amis initially arranged for her to have a back-street abortion, but changed his mind, fearing for her safety. He became a lecturer in English at the University of Wales Swansea (1949–1961). 2 other children followed: Martin in August 1949 and Sally in January 1954.
Days after Sally's birth, Amis's debut novel, Lucky Jim, was published to great acclaim; critics saw it as having caught the flavor of Britain in the 1950s, ushering in a new style of fiction. By 1972, in addition to impressive sales in Britain, over a million paperback copies had been sold in the United States, and it was eventually translated into twenty languages, including Czech, Hebrew, Korean, and Serbo-Croat. Amis became associated with the writers labelled the Angry Young Men. Lucky Jim was one of the earliest British campus novels, setting a precedent for later generations of writers such as Malcolm Bradbury, David Lodge, Tom Sharpe and Howard Jacobson. As a poet, Amis was associated with The Movement.
During 1958-1959 he made the earliest of 2 visits to the United States, where he was visiting fellow in creative writing at Princeton University and a visiting lecturer in other northeastern universities. On returning to Britain, he felt in a rut, and he began looking for another post; after 13 years at Swansea, Amis became a fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge (1961-1963). He regretted the move within a year, finding Cambridge an academic and social disappointment and resigned in 1963, intent on moving to Majorca; he went no further than London.
In 1963, Hilary discovered Amis' love affair with novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard. Hilary and Amis separated in August; he went to live with Howard. He divorced Hilary in 1965, and then married Howard the same year; Jane and Kingsley divorced in 1983. In his last years, Amis shared a house with his first wife Hilary and her third husband, Alastair Boyd, 7th Baron Kilmarnock. Martin wrote the memoir Experience about the life, charm, and decline of his father.
In August 1995 he fell, suffering a suspected stroke. After apparently recovering, he worsened, was re-admitted to hospital, and died on 22 October 1995 at St Pancras Hospital, London. He was cremated; his ashes are at Golders Green Crematorium.
Private life and political viewsEdit
As a young man at Oxford, Amis briefly joined the Communist Party. He later described this stage of his political life as "the callow Marxist phase that seemed almost compulsory in Oxford". Amis remained nominally on the Left for some time after the war, declaring in the 1950s that he would always vote for the Labour Party. But he eventually moved further right, a development he discussed in the essay "Why Lucky Jim Turned Right" (1967); his conservativism and anti-communism can be seen in such later works of his as the dystopian novel Russian Hide and Seek (1980).(Citation needed)
Amis was by his own admission and as revealed by his biographers a serial adulterer for much of his life. Not surprisingly, this was one of the main contributory factors in the breakdown of his first marriage. A famous photograph of a sleeping Amis on a Yugoslav beach shows the slogan (written by wife Hilly) on his back "1 Fat Englishman – I fuck anything".
In his memoirs, Amis wrote: "Now and then I become conscious of having the reputation of being one of the great drinkers, if not one of the great drunks, of our time". He suggests that this is the result of a naïve tendency on the part of his readers to apply the behaviour of his characters to himself. This was disingenuous; the fact was that he enjoyed drink, and spent a good deal of his time in pubs. Hilary Rubinstein, who accepted Lucky Jim for publication at Victor Gollancz, commented: "I doubted whether Jim Dixon would have gone to the pub and drunk ten pints of beer ... I didn't know Kingsley very well, you see." Clive James comments: "All on his own, he had the weekly drinks bill of a whole table at the Garrick Club even before he was elected. After he was, he would get so tight there that he could barely make it to the taxi." Amis was, however, adamant in his belief that inspiration did not come from a bottle: "Whatever part drink may play in the writer's life, it must play none in his or her work." That this was certainly the case is attested to by Amis's highly disciplined approach to writing. For 'many years', Amis imposed a rigorous daily schedule upon himself in which writing and drinking were strictly segregated. Mornings were devoted to writing with a minimum daily output of 500 words. The drinking would only begin around lunchtime when this output had been achieved. Amis's prodigious output would not have been possible without this kind of self discipline. Nevertheless, according to Clive James, Amis reached a turning point when his drinking ceased to be social, and became a way of dulling his remorse and regret at his behaviour toward Hilly. "Amis had turned against himself deliberately ... it seems fair to guess that the troubled grandee came to disapprove of his own conduct." His friend Christopher Hitchens said: "The booze got to him in the end, and robbed him of his wit and charm as well as of his health."
Amis was drawn to speculations on the historically received, and commonly accepted stereotypes attributed to be intrinsic to Jewish character. He echoed this unexamined prejudice with a provocative vitality all his own in conversations and letters written to friends and associates.
“The great Jewish vice is glibness, fluency…also possibly just bullshit, as in Marx, Freud, Marcuse”….Or, “Chaplin is a horse’s arse. He’s a Jeeeew you see, like the Marx Brothers, like Danny Kaye.”
As for the cultural complexion of America, Amis had this to say:
“I’ve finally worked out why I don’t like Americans…Because everyone there is either a Jew or a hick.”
Amis himself defined his anti-Semitism as being “Very mild.”
- Philip Amis, a graphics designer, who is divorced and remarried.
- Martin Amis, a novelist, twice married: in 1984 (divorced) to Antonia Phillips, a widowed Bostonian philosophy teacher, with 2 sons Louis and Jacob; and then to Isabel Fonseca with 2 daughters.
He also has an illegitimate daughter named Delilah.
- Sally Amis, who died in 2000.
Kingsley Amis was married a 2nd time, from 1965 to 1983, to novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard, with whom he had no children.
At the end of his 2nd marriage, he went to live with his ex-wife Hilary and her 3rd husband, in a deal brokered by their 2 sons Philip and Martin, so that he could be cared for until his death.
Amis is chiefly known as a comedic novelist of mid- to late-20th century British life, but his literary work extended into many genres –poetry, essays and criticism, short stories, food and drink writing, anthologies, and a number of novels in genres such as science fiction and mystery. His career initially developed in a pattern which was the inverse of that followed by his close friend Philip Larkin. Before becoming known as a poet, Larkin had published 2 novels; Amis, on the other hand, originally wished to be a poet, and turned to writing novels only after publishing several volumes of verse. He continued throughout his career to write poetry which is known for its typically straightforward and accessible style, yet which often masks a nuance of thought, for example, in “Bookshop Idyll” or “Against Romanticism,” just as it does in his novels.
Amis’s debut novel, Lucky Jim (1954), is perhaps his most famous, taking its germ from Amis's observation of the common room at the University of Leicester, where his friend Larkin held a post. The novel satirizes the high-brow academic set of a redbrick university, seen through the eyes of its protagonist, Jim Dixon, as he tries to make his way as a young lecturer of history. The novel was perceived by many as part of the Angry Young Men movement of the 1950s which reacted against the stultification of conventional British life, though Amis never encouraged this interpretation. Amis’s other novels of the 1950s and early 1960s similarly depict situations from contemporary British life, often drawn from Amis’s own experiences. That Uncertain Feeling (1955) centres on a young provincial librarian (again perhaps with reference to Larkin, librarian at Hull) and his temptation towards adultery; I Like It Here (1958) presents Amis’s contemptuous view of “abroad” and followed upon his own travels on the Continent with a young family; Take a Girl Like You (1960) steps away from the immediately autobiographical, but remains grounded in the concerns of sex and love in ordinary modern life, tracing the courtship and ultimate seduction of the heroine Jenny Bunn by a young schoolmaster, Patrick Standish.
With The Anti-Death League (1966), Amis begins to show some of the experimentation – with content, if not with style – which would mark much of his work in the 1960s and 70s. Amis’s departure from the strict realism of his early comedic novels is not so abrupt as might first appear. He had avidly read science fiction since a boy, and had developed that interest into the Christian Gauss Lectures of 1958, while visiting Princeton University. The lectures were published in that year as New Maps of Hell: a Survey of Science Fiction, a serious but light-handed treatment of what the genre had to say about man and society. Amis was particularly enthusiastic about the dystopian works of Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, and in New Maps of Hell coined the term "comic inferno" to describe a type of humorous dystopia, particularly as exemplified in the works of Robert Sheckley. Amis further displayed his devotion to the genre in editing, with Sovietologist Robert Conquest, the science fiction anthology series Spectrum I–V, which drew heavily upon 1950s numbers of the magazine Astounding Science Fiction.
Though not explicitly science fiction, The Anti-Death League takes liberties with reality not found in Amis’s earlier novels, and introduces a speculative bent into his fiction, one which would continue to develop in other of his genre novels, such as The Green Man (1969) (mystery/horror) and The Alteration (1976) (alternate history). Much of this speculation was about the improbable existence of any benevolent deity involved in human affairs. In The Anti-Death League, The Green Man, The Alteration and elsewhere, including poems such as “The Huge Artifice: an interim assessment” and “New Approach Needed,” Amis showed frustration with a God who could lace the world with such cruelty and injustice, and championed the preservation of ordinary human happiness – in family, in friendships, in physical pleasure – against the demands of any cosmological scheme. The matter of Amis’s religious views is perhaps ultimately summed up in his response, reported in his Memoirs, to the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s question, in his broken English: “You atheist?” Amis replied, “It’s more that I hate Him.”
During this time, Amis had not turned completely away from the comedic realism of Lucky Jim and Take a Girl Like You. I Want It Now (1968) and Girl, 20 (1971) both depict the “swinging” atmosphere of London in the late '60s, in which Amis certainly participated, though neither book is strictly autobiographical. Girl, 20, for instance, is framed in the world of classical (and pop) music, of which Amis was not a part – the book’s relatively impressive command of musical terminology and opinion shows both Amis’s amateur devotion to music and the almost journalistic capacity of his intelligence to take hold of a subject which interested him. That intelligence is similarly on display in, for instance, the presentation of ecclesiastical matters in The Alteration, when Amis was neither a Roman Catholic nor, for that matter, a devotee of any Church.
Throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, Amis was regularly producing essays and criticism, principally for journalistic publication. Some of these pieces were collected in 1968’s What Became of Jane Austen? and Other Essays, in which Amis’s wit and literary and social opinions were on display ranging over books such as Colin Wilson’s The Outsider (panned), Iris Murdoch’s debut novel Under the Net (praised), or William Empson’s Milton’s God (inclined to agree with). Amis’s opinions on books and people tended to appear (and often, be) conservative, and yet, as the title essay of the collection shows, he was not merely reverent of “the classics” and of traditional morals, but was more disposed to exercise his own rather independent judgment in all things.
Amis became associated with Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, which he greatly admired, in the late 1960s, when he began composing critical works connected with the fictional spy, either under a pseudonym or uncredited. In 1965, he wrote the popular The James Bond Dossier under his own name. That same year, he wrote The Book of Bond, or, Every Man His Own 007, a tongue-in-cheek how-to manual about being a sophisticated spy, under the pseudonym "Lt Col. William ('Bill') Tanner", Tanner being M's Chief of Staff in many of Fleming's Bond novels. In 1968 the owners of the James Bond franchise attempted to continue the series by hiring different novelists, all of whom were to publish under the pseudonym "Robert Markham". In the event, Amis's Colonel Sun was the only Bond novel to be published under that name.
Amis's literary style and tone changed significantly after 1970, with the possible exception of The Old Devils, a Booker Prize winner. Several critics accused him of being old fashioned and misogynistic, while others said that his output lacked the humanity, wit, and compassion of earlier efforts.
This period also saw Amis the anthologist, a role in which his wide knowledge of all kinds of English poetry was on display. The New Oxford Book of Light Verse (1978), which he edited, was a revision of the original volume done by W. H. Auden. Amis took the anthology in a markedly new direction: Auden had interpreted light verse to include “low” verse of working-class or lower-class origin, regardless of subject matter, while Amis defined light verse as essentially light in tone, though not necessarily simple in composition. The Amis Anthology (1988), a personal selection of his favourite poems, grew out of his work for a London newspaper, in which he selected a poem daily and presented it with a brief introduction.
Lucky Jim won the Somerset Maugham Award for fiction.
Amis was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 3 times in his writing career for Ending Up (1974), Jake's Thing (1978), and finally winning the prize for The Old Devils in 1986.
Amis was knighted in 1990.
- Bright November: Poems. London: Fortune Press, 1947.
- 1953 A Frame of Mind: Eighteen poems. Reading UK: Printed in the School of Art, University of Reading, 1953.
- Poems. Swinford, Eynsham, Oxford, UK: Fantasy Press, 1954.
- A Case of Samples: Poems, 1946–1956. London: Gollancz, 1956; New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1957.
- Penguin Modern Poets 2 (by Kingsley Amis, Dom Moraes, & Peter Porter). Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin Books, 1962.
- A Look Round the Estate: Poems, 1957–1967. London: Jonathan Cape, 1967; New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1967.
- Collected Poems, 1944–1979. London: Hutchinson, 1979; New York: Viking, 1979.
- Lucky Jim: A novel. London: Gollancz, 1953; New York: Viking Press, 1953.
- That Uncertain Feeling: A novel. London: Gollanca, 1955; New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1955.
- 1957 Socialism and the Intellectuals. A Fabian Society pamphlet
- I Like it Here: A novel. London: Gollancz, 1958; New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1958.
- Take A Girl Like You. London: Gollancz, 1960; New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1961.
- My Enemy's Enemy. London: Gollancz, 1962; New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1962.
- 1962 The Evans County
- One Fat Englishman: A novel. London: Gollancz, 1963; New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1963.
- The Egyptologists (with Robert Conquest). London: Jonathan Cape, 1965; New York: Random House, 1966.
- The Anti-Death League. London: Gollancz, 1966; New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1966.
- Colonel Sun: a James Bond adventure (as "Robert Markham"). London: Jonathan Cape, 1968; New York: Harper & Row, 1968.
- I Want It Now. London: Jonathan Cape, 1968; New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1969.
- The Green Man. London: Jonathan Cape, 1969; New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1969.
- Girl, 20. London: Jonathan Cape, 1971; New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971.
- The Riverside Villas Murder. London: Jonathan Cape, 1973; New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973.
- Ending Up. London: Jonathan Cape, 1974; New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974.
- The Crime Of The Century. London: Hutchinson, 1975; New York: Mysterious Books, 1975.
- The Alteration. London: Jonathan Cape, 1976; New York: Viking, 1976.
- Jake's Thing. London: Hutchinson, 1978; New York: Viking, 1979.
- 1980 Russian Hide-and-Seek: A melodrama.London: Hutchinson, 1980; Harmondsworth, UK, & New York: Penguin, 1981.
- 1984 Stanley and the Women. London: Hutchinson, 1984; New York: Summit, 1984.
- The Old Devils: A novel. London: Penguin, 1986; New York: Summit, 1986.
- Difficulties With Girls: A novel. London: Hutchinson, 1988; New York: Summit, 1988.
- The Folks That Live on the Hill. London: Hutchinson, 1990; New York: Summit, 1990.
- We Are All Guilty. London: Reinhart, 1991; New York: Viking, 1991.
- The Russian Girl. London: Hutchinson, 1992; New York: Viking, 1994.
- You Can't Do Both. London: Hutchinson, 1994.
- The Biographer's Moustache. London: Flamingo, 1995.
- "Hemingway in Space" (short story), Punch December 1960
- Collected Short Stories. London: Hutchinson, 1980.
- Mr Barrett's Secret, and other stories. London: Hutchinson, 1993.
- Complete Stories (edited by Rachel Cusk). London: Penguin, 2011.
- New Maps of Hell: A survey of science fiction. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1960.
- The James Bond Dossier. London: Jonathan Cape, 1965; New York: New American Library, 1965.
- What Became of Jane Austen?, and other questions. London: Jonathan Cape, 1970.
- On Drink. London: Jonathan Cape, 1972; New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973.
- Rudyard Kipling and his World. London: Thames & Hudson, 1975; New York: Scribner, 1975.
- The Amis Collection: Selected non-fiction, 1954-1990. London: Hutchinson, 1990.
- Memoirs. London: Hutchinson, 1991; New York: Summit, 1991.
- The King's English: A guide to modern usage. London: HarperCollins 1997; New York: St. Martin's, 1997.
- Everyday Drinking: The distilled Kingsley Amis. London: Hutchinson, 1983.
- (with introduction by Christopher Hitchens). London & New York: Bloomsbury, 2008.
- How's Your Glass? A quizzical look at drinks and drinking. London: Weidenfield & Nicholson, 1984.
- A Kingsley Amis Omnibus. London: Hutchinson, 1987.
- The Amis Anthology. London: Hutchinson, 1988.
- Spectrum IV: A science fiction anthology (edited with Robert Conquest). New York: Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1965.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Tennyson: Selected by Kingsley Amis. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin, 1973.
- The New Oxford Book of Light Verse. Oxford, UK, & New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.
- The Faber Popular Reciter. London & Boston: Faber, 1978.
- The Golden Age of Science Fiction. London: Hutchinson, 1981.
Letters and journalsEdit
- The Letters of Kingsley Amis (edited by Zachary Leader). London: HarperCollins, 2000.
Poets in The Amis Anthology: A Personal Choice of English Verse (1988)Edit
Richard Aldington – Kenneth Allott – Matthew Arnold – Kenneth Ashley – W.H. Auden – William Barnes – Oliver Bayley – Hilaire Belloc – John Betjeman – Laurence Binyon – William Blake – Edmund Blunden – Rupert Brooke – Robert Browning – Robert Burns – Thomas Campbell – Thomas Campion – G.K. Chesterton – Hartley Coleridge – Robert Conquest – W.J. Cory – John Davidson – Donald Davie – C. Day Lewis – Walter de la Mare – Ernest Dowson – Michael Drayton – Lawrence Durrell – Jean Elliot – George Farewell – James Elroy Flecker – Thomas Ford – Roy Fuller – Robert Graves – Thomas Gray – Fulke Greville – Heath – Reginald Heber – Felicia Dorothea Hemans – W.E. Henley – George Herbert – Ralph Hodgson – Thomas Hood – Teresa Hooley – Gerard Manley Hopkins – A.E. Housman – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey – T.E. Hulme – Leigh Hunt – Elizabeth Jennings – Samuel Johnson – John Keats – Henry King – Charles Kingsley – Rudyard Kipling – Philip Larkin – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – John Lydgate – H.F. Lyte – Louis MacNeice – Andrew Marvell – John Masefield – Alice Meynell – Harold Monro – William Morris – Edwin Muir – Henry Newbolt – Alfred Noyes – Wilfred Owen – Thomas Love Peacock – George Peele – Alexander Pope – Frederic Prokosch –Walter Raleigh – John Crowe Ransom – Christina Rossetti – Siegfried Sassoon – John Skelton – Robert Southey – Edmund Spenser – John Squire – Robert Louis Stevenson – John Suckling – Algernon Charles Swinburne – George Szirtes – Alfred, Lord Tennyson – Dylan Thomas – Edward Thomas – R.S. Thomas – Francis Thompson – Anthony Thwaite – Chidiock Tichborne – Aurelian Townsend – W.J. Turner – Oscar Wilde – John Wilmot, Lord Rochester – Roger Woddis – Charles Wolfe – William Wordsworth – William Butler Yeats – Andrew Young
- Lucky Him: The Life of Kingsley Amis, Richard Bradford, Peter Owen, 2001. ISBN 0-7206-1117-2
- Kingsley Amis: Memoirs, Kingsley Amis, Penguin, 1992.
- The Letters of Kingsley Amis, edited by Zachary Leader, HarperCollins, 2000. ISBN 0-00-257095-5
- Kingsley Amis, a Biography, Eric Jacobs, Hodder & Stoughton, 1995. ISBN 0-340-59072-6
- The Life of Kingsley Amis, Zachary Leader, Jonathan Cape, 2006. ISBN 0-224-06227-1
- The Anti-Egotist: Kingsley Amis, Man of Letters, Paul Fussell, Oxford UP, 1994.
- Kingsley Amis's Troublesome Fun, Michael Dirda. The Chronicle of Higher Education 22 June 2007. B9-B11.
- AMIS & SON – Two literary generations by Neil Powell, Pan Macmillan, 2008.
- No, Not Bloomsbury, Malcolm Bradbury, Arena, 1989. ISBN 0-09-954410-5
- Success Stories: Literature and the Media in England, 1950–1959, Harry Ritchie, Faber & Faber, 1988. ISBN 0-571-14764-X
- ↑ "Sir Kingsley Amis Dies; British Novelist and Poet," Washington Post, 23 October 1995; Leader, 2006, p.1.
- ↑ Barratt, Nick (9 June 2007). "Family detective". Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/portal/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/portal/2007/06/09/nosplit/ftfamdet109.xml. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- ↑ Leader, 2006, p. 452.
- ↑ Bradbury, Malcolm, 1989, p. 205; Ritchie 1988, p. 64.
- ↑ Jacobs, 1995, p.162
- ↑ Memoirs, "Cambridge"
- ↑ Bradford, Ch 10
- ↑ "Sir Kingsley Amis Dies; British Novelist and Poet", Washington Post, 23 October 1995
- ↑ Bradford, Ch 23
- ↑ See Amis's Socialism and the Intellectuals, cited by Leader, 2006, p. 366.
- ↑ Leader, 2006, p. 366
- ↑ Leader 2006, opp p565
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Memoirs: Booze
- ↑ Quoted in Bradford, Ch 5
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Clive James, "Kingsley without the women", Times Literary Supplement, 2 February 2007
- ↑ Jacobs, 1995, p. 17
- ↑ Jacobs, 1995, p. 6.
- ↑ Kingsley Amis, Everyday Drinking, Bloomsbury USA, NY, 2008, editor's introduction.
- ↑ Anthony Julius, Trials of the Diaspora, A History of Anti-Semitism in England, Oxford Univ. Press, 2010, p. 358
- ↑ Hilary Amis was later wife of the classicist D.R. Shackleton Bailey (married 1967; divorced 1975) and of the late Lord Kilmarnock (married 1977; died 19 March 2009). She had one son James or Jaime, born out of wedlock, by her third husband (usually called her second husband by the media) who was therefore unable to inherit his father's peerage.
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 Mira Stout. "Martin Amis: Down London's Mean Streets New York Times Book Review, 4 February 1990. Sunday, Late Edition – Final Section 6; Page 32, Column 1; Magazine Desk
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Sarah Sands. "My life with the unfaithful old devil Kingsley Amis" Daily Mail 6 October 2006
- ↑ Boyd Tonkin. "Martin Amis: The man who fell to earth" Independent 13 May 2000.
- ↑ Jacobs, 1995, p. 131.
- ↑ Fussell, The Anti-Egotist
- ↑ http://www.themanbookerprize.com/prize/authors/27
- ↑ The 50 greatest British writers since 1945. The Times, 5 January 2008, accessed 8 February 2010.
- ↑ Search results = au:Kingsley Amis, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 19, 2014.
- Two anti-theistic poems by Kingsley Amis, on the problem of evil ("A.E.H.", "To a Baby Born without Limbs")
- Kingsley Amis at PoemHunter (6 poems)
- Kingsley Amis at Amazon.com
- Kingsley Amis at NNDB
- Kingsley Amis at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- "Kingsley Amis in the Great Tradition and in Our Time," by Robert H. Bell, Williams College. Introduction to Critical Essays on Kingsley Amis, ed. Robert H. Bell, New York: G.K. Hall, 1998.
- Guardian Books "Author Page", with profile and links to further articles
- "The old devil" – article on Amis by Mark Steyn in The New Criterion
- The Amis Inheritance—Profile on Martin and Kingsley Amis by Charles McGrath from New York Times Magazine, 22 April 2007
- "Take a Dipso Like You" by Alexander Waugh (Amis & alcohol)
- Michael Barber (Winter 1975). "Kingsley Amis, The Art of Fiction No. 59". The Paris Review. http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/3772/the-art-of-fiction-no-59-kingsley-amis.
- Clive James on the poetry of Kingsley Amis
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