Kingsley Amis

Novelist + Poet + Critic + Teacher
Born Apr 16, 1922
Hometown Clapham
Died Oct 22, 1995
Genres Prose
Nationality English
Other Names Kingsley William ...

Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, various short stories, radio and television scripts, along with works of social and literary criticism. According to his biographer, Zachary Leader, Amis was "the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century. " He was the father of English novelist Martin Amis.… Read More

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1922 Birth Born on April 16, 1922.


1941 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Kingsley Amis was born in Clapham, south London, the son of William Robert Amis, a mustard manufacturer's clerk in the City of London and his wife Rosa Annie, née Lucas. He was educated at the City of London School on a scholarship after his first year, and in April 1941 was admitted to St. John's College, Oxford, also on a scholarship, where he read English. … Read More


1942 20 Years Old After only a year, in July 1942, he was called up for national service.
1945 23 Years Old After serving in the Royal Corps of Signals in the Second World War, Amis returned to Oxford in October 1945 to complete his degree. … Read More
1946 24 Years Old In 1946 he met Hilary Bardwell; they married in 1948 after she became pregnant with their first child, Philip. … Read More


1958 36 Years Old During 1958–1959 he made the first of two visits to the United States, where he was Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing at Princeton University and a visiting lecturer in other northeastern universities. … Read More


1963 41 Years Old 1 More Event
He regretted the move within a year, finding Cambridge an academic and social disappointment and resigned in 1963, intent on moving to Majorca; he went no further than London.
He divorced Hilary in 1965, and then married Howard the same year; Jane and Kingsley divorced in 1983. … Read More
1968 46 Years Old In 1968 Amis wrote Colonel Sun, which was published under the pseudonym "Robert Markham".
1970 48 Years Old Amis's literary style and tone changed significantly after 1970, with the possible exception of The Old Devils, a Booker Prize winner. … Read More


1986 64 Years Old Amis was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times in his writing career for Ending Up (1974), Jake's Thing (1978), and finally winning the prize for The Old Devils in 1986. … Read More
1990 68 Years Old Amis was knighted in 1990.
1995 73 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 1995 he fell, suffering a suspected stroke.
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