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Kingsley Amis

English novelist, poet, critic and teacher

Died when: 73 years 189 days (882 months)
Star Sign: Aries

Sir Kingsley William Amis (16 April 1922 – 22 October 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic and teacher.He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, short stories, radio and television scripts, and works of social and literary criticism.

He is best known for satirical comedies such as Lucky Jim (1954), One Fat Englishman (1963), Ending Up (1974), Jake's Thing (1978) and The Old Devils (1986).

His biographer, Zachary Leader, called Amis "the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century." He is the father of the novelist Martin Amis.

In 2008, The Times ranked him ninth on a list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.


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