Kingsley Amis

Novelist + Poet + Critic + Teacher
Born Apr 16, 1922

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
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 farther than London.
1965 43 Years Old 1 More Event
He divorced Hilary in 1965 and married Howard the same year.
1967 45 Years Old …  In 1967, Amis, Robert Conquest, John Braine and several other right-wing authors signed a controversial letter to The Times entitled "Backing for U.S. Policies in Vietnam", supporting the US government in the Vietnam War. … Read More
In 1968 he moved with Howard to Lemmons, a house in Barnet, north London.
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


1983 61 Years Old She and Amis divorced in 1983. … 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.
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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