Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), Novelist
Sir Kingsley William Amis
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Novelist. Born in South London and educated at the City of London School and the University of Oxford, Amis combined writing with a career as a university lecturer in English at Swansea (1949-61), Cambridge (1961-3) and then in the USA. His first novel Lucky Jim (1954), a satire on academic and middle-class life brought him fame, and linked him to the so-called Angry Young Men of his generation, alongside the playwright John Osborne and the poet Philip Larkin. Later novels include Take a Girl Like You (1960), Jake's Thing (1978) and the Booker prize-winning The Old Devils (1986). .
by Angela Gorgas
bromide print, 1978