staff and volunteers are working very hard to secure more, longer-term funding.
The author's first four novels--Dead Babies, published two years after The Rachel Papers; Success, originally published in 1978 but not in the United States until a decade later; and Other People (1981), an exploration of the world through the eyes of an amnesia victim--were the apprentice books that compelled critics, despite a mixed response, to situate Amis
as an up-and-coming, once-in-a-generation writer.
Of the many, many pleasures available in The War Against Cliche (2001), Amis
's last big nonfiction collection, the most debauched surely came when the reviewer went skipping into the ring with a writer who, it was clear even before the opening bell, didn't stand a chance.
would later refer to Swansea as "a place of earth I know best, better than any part of London and the place I feel most at home in."
The Auden poems were in the possession of a peer of the realm "famous for the ferocious vigour and glaring conspicuousness of his homosexual activities." Amis
got the poems--these turned out to be no good- and Martin, who had gone into a bedroom to call a taxi, was chased five times around Tom Driberg's bed before the gasping lord relented with a terse "Fair enough, youngster."
T HE WINK was loaded with meaning, considering that Amis
later told this correspondent over a " much- needed" cigarette that he did not read any Indian writers, except of course " my friend" Salman Rushdie.
Robert Graves (in Martin Amis
funster mood) proposed that Homer was a woman, because of the wealth of domestic concerns in the Odyssey.
Nine studies have reported that laws making indoor workplaces and public places smoke-free were associated with rapid, sizeable reductions in hospitalizations for acute myocardial infarction (AMI
A notable finding was the prevalence of coronary dissection as a cause of AMI
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The Second Plane is a collection of Amis
's most recent journalism, along with two previously unpublished short stories.
THE CHIEF IMPRESSION ONE takes from The Life of Kingsley Amis
is of a man who loved pleasure.