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Guardian Unlimited Books: Authors: Kingsley Amis
A feature of the Guardian Unlimited Book section, this biography includes links to other Guardian articles about Amis and his son Martin, including Kingsley's obituary; reviews of The Letters of Kingsley Amis, a recently released volume of his correspondence; and a review of the elder Amis's book, The Biographer's Moustache.

Kingsley Amis: Top Biography
Amis's life, loves, and literature are detailed here by Top Biography, a compendium of more than 350 biographies from Top Cassette, a media production outfit based in India. Also includes Amis quotations, critical comments, and short timelines of his major works and life events.

The New York Times Books: The Raw Material of Kingsley Amis's Literature
Whether or not Amis's published works amount to a sly autobiography, the bleak and comic outlook of his novels mirror his real-life personality. In this dual review of The Letters of Kingsley Amis, edited by Zachary Leader, and Lucky Him: The Life of Kingsley Amis, by Richard Bradford, Michael Lewis, author of Next: The Future Just Happened, suggests that Amis's best work was the bulk of letters he wrote to friend and poet Philip Larkin. Links to the first chapter of each book accompany this January 13, 2002, article. (To view articles, The New York Times on the Web requires free registration.)

The Atlantic Monthly: What Kingsley Can Teach Martin
Geoffrey Wheatcroft, English journalist and author, explores The Letters of Kingsley Amis and Martin Amis's autobiography, Experience. Kingsley wrote bitingly funny books about life that critics suggested were about sociological issues. Has Martin misunderstood his father's legacy? This article was published in the September 2000 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.

The Touchstone: Kingsley Amis (1922-1995)
A fond remembrance of Lucky Jim appeared shortly after Amis's death in the November/December 1995 issue of The Touchstone, an alternative newspaper in College Station, Texas. Author Dick Costa shares his affinity for the classic comic novel.

Time: Kingsley Amis Obituary
Time reflects on Kingsley Amis's career, boldly proclaiming 1955 to 1995 in Britain the "Amis Era." The "Irritable Young Man" of postwar British writers fought the establishment with his wit and irreverent humor. Amis passed away on October 22, 1995, at 73.

Masterpiece Theatre: Take a Girl Like You
In May 2001, Masterpiece Theatre presented Andrew Davies's adaptation of Kingsley Amis's novel Take a Girl Like You. Visit the site for more about the film and a story synopsis.

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Amis, Kingsley. The Letters of Kingsley Amis. Ed. Zachary Leader. Hammersmith, London: Harper Collins Publishers, 2000.

---. Lucky Jim. New York: Penguin Books, 1992.

Amis, Martin. Experience. New York: Hyperion, 2000.

Bradford, Richard. Lucky Him: The Life of Kingsley Amis. London: Peter Owen, 2001.

Jacobs, Eric. Kingsley Amis: A Biography. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1995.

Moseley, Merritt. Understanding Kingsley Amis. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1993.

Salwak, Dale, ed. Kingsley Amis: In Life and Letters. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan, 1990.

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