This collection contains the papers of English author Kingsley Amis (1922-1995), with the bulk of the collection consisting
of drafts of novels,
short stories, poems, essays and television and radio scripts by Amis, many heavily corrected. Also included are individual
manuscript pieces by Martin Louis Amis, Sir John Betjeman,
Elizabeth Jane Howard, and George Melly, and groups of limericks by Robert Conquest. Letters deal with personal and literary
matters, including Amis'
reactions to the work of other authors and their reactions to his writings.
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.
1,423 items in 77 boxes and 13 binders
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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