Biography of Kingsley Amis
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 twentieth century." He is the father of the English novelist Martin Amis.
In 2008, The Times ranked Kingsley Amis ninth on their list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
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Kingsley Amis Poems
That cold winter evening The fire would not draw, And the whole family hung Over the dismal grate
Things tell less and less: The news impersonal And from afar; no book Worth wrenching off the shelf.
Something Nasty In The Bookshop
Between the Gardening and the Cookery Comes the brief Poetry shelf; By the Nonesuch Donne, a thin anthology Offers itself.
The Voice Of Authority: A Language Game
Do this. Don't move. O'Grady says do this, You get a move on, see, do what I say. Look lively when I say O'Grady says.
To A Baby Born Without Limbs
This is just to show you whose boss around here. It’ll keep you on your toes, so to speak, Make you put your best foot forward, so to speak,
A Note On Wyatt
See her come bearing down, a tidy craft! Gaily her topsails bulge, her sidelights burn! There's jigging in her rigging fore and aft, And beauty's self, not name, limned on her stern.
That cold winter evening
The fire would not draw,
And the whole family hung
Over the dismal grate
Where rain-soaked logs
Bubbled, hissed and steamed.
Then, when the others had gone
Up to their chilly beds,
And I was ready to go,