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Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), Novelist

Sir Kingsley William Amis

Sitter in 31 portraits
Educated at Oxford University, Amis combined writing with a career as a lecturer in English at Swansea (1949-61), Cambridge (1961-63) and later in the USA. His first novel Lucky Jim (1954), a satire on academic and middle-class life brought him fame, and linked him to other so-called Angry Young Men of his generation like John Osborne. Later novels include Take a Girl Like You (1960), Jake's Thing (1978) and the Booker prize-winning The Old Devils (1986). Whilst teaching at Cambridge he began a relationship with the writer Elizabeth Jane Howard,which led to a split with his first wife and family. Martin Amis, Kingsley's son from his first marriage, later credited Howard with encouraging his writing.