Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), Novelist
Sir Kingsley William Amis
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Born in South London, from 1949 Amis was a lecturer at Swansea University. His first novel Lucky Jim (1954) was an immediate success. Its hero Jim Dixon, a lecturer in a regional university with an anti-establishment, anti-pretension, anti-arts-and-crafts attitude, won Amis a place among the 'angry young men' of his generation, alongside the playwright John Osborne and the poet Philip Larkin. Other novels followed: Take a Girl Like You (1960), and The Old Devils (1986), which won the Booker Prize. He admired the work of Ian Fleming, but while his own work was influential in the development of fiction, he took an increasingly conservative and hostile view of contemporary life.
Literature, Journalism and Publishing
Angry young men
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