Kingsley Amis

(1922-1995 / England)

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Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE (16 April 1922 – 22 October 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, and various short stories, radio and television scripts, and books of social and literary criticism. According to his biographer, Zachary Leader, Amis was "the finest British comic novelist of the second half of the ... more »

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  • ''Sex stops when you pull up your pants,
    Love never lets you go.''
    Kingsley Amis (b. 1922), British poet, novelist. An Ever-Fixed Mark (l. 29-30). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Ro...
  • ''Outside every fat man there was an even fatter man trying to close in.''
    Kingsley Amis (b. 1922), British novelist. One Fat Englishman, ch. 3 (1963). Roger Micheldene, "a shortish fat Englishman of forty," musing over a...
  • ''He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.''
    Kingsley Amis (b. 1922), British novelist. One Fat Englishman, ch. 8 (1963). Said of Roger Micheldene.
  • The ideal of brotherhood of man, the building of the Just City, is one that cannot be discarded without lifelong feelings of disappointment and loss. But, if we are to live in the real world, discard ...
    Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), British novelist. Sunday Telegraph (London, July 2, 1967).
  • Growing older, I have lost the need to be political, which means, in this country, the need to be left. I am driven into grudging toleration of the Conservative Party because it is the party of non-po...
    Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), British novelist. Sunday Telegraph (London, July 2, 1967).
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