Manuscripts: The bulk and the strength of the Collection consist of drafts of novels,
short stories, poems, essays and television and radio scripts by Kingsley Amis, many
heavily corrected. Also included are individual manuscript pieces by Martin Amis, Sir
John Betjeman, Elizabeth Jane Howard, and George Melly. Manuscripts by Amis of particular
Difficulties with Girls:
unfinished novel (not the novel of the same title published in 1988): notes, corrected
draft, additional draft pages, summary of unwritten ending, and statement of reasons for
not publishing the novel. AMS 19-22.
Notebook: contains random notes for
characters, dialogue, etc., ca.1969-1981. AMS 76.
Poems: the earliest
literary manuscripts in the collection, 1941-1944. AMS 95.
early, unpublished novel co-written with E. Frank Coles, 1944-1945. AMS
180-181. Also 3 letters from Amis to Coles discussing the novel, AMS 185-187.
Kingsley Amis was born in London on April 16, 1922, the son of William Robert and Rosa
Annie (Lucas) Amis. Following service in the British Army from 1942 to 1945 and
first-class honors in English at St. John's College, Oxford, Amis was a lecturer in
English at University College of Swansea, Wales, from 1949 to 1961. He subsequently
became a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge University, 1961-1963, and held visiting
professorships at Princeton and Vanderbilt Universities.
The literary copyright is owned by: Martin Amis, 54a Leamington Road Villas, London W11
1HT, and Jonathan Clowes, Iron Bridge, House Bridge Approach, London NW1 8BD.
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