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Kingsley Amis (1922–1995)

Author of Lucky Jim

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About the Author

Kingsley Amis is generally considered one of the "angry young men" of the 1950s. He was born in London in 1922 and educated at the City of London School. He received a degree in English language and literature from St. John's College, Oxford, in 1947. Until 1961 Amis lectured in English at show more University College, Swansea, and for the following two years at Cambridge. In 1947 Amis published his first collection of poems, Bright November. Frame of Mind followed in 1953 and Poems: Fantasy Portraits in 1954. His first novel, Lucky Jim (1954), established his reputation as a writer. He followed with That Uncertain Feeling (1956), and I Like It Here (1958). A longtime James Bond devotee, Amis wrote a James Bond adventure after the death of Ian Fleming in 1964. Amis's study of the famous spy was titled The James Bond Dossier (1965). Amis received the Booker Prize for the Old Devils (1986). Amis's later works include Memoirs (1990), and The King's English, a collection of essays on the craft of writing well. Amis was knighted in 1990. He died in 1995. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Kingsley Amis

Lucky Jim (1954) 5,834 copies
The Old Devils (1986) 1,358 copies
The Green Man (1969) 911 copies
The Alteration (1976) — Author — 689 copies
Take a Girl Like You (1960) 513 copies
James Bond 007: Colonel Sun (1968) 456 copies
Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kingsley Amis (1983) — Author — 445 copies
One Fat Englishman (1963) 439 copies
Jake's Thing (1978) 424 copies
The Anti-Death League (1966) 363 copies
Girl, 20 (1971) 358 copies
Stanley and the Women (1984) 328 copies
New maps of hell (1960) 307 copies
Ending Up (1974) 281 copies
Difficulties with Girls (1988) 252 copies
Memoirs (1991) 232 copies
The New Oxford Book of English Light Verse (1978) — Editor — 229 copies
The Riverside Villas Murder (1973) 206 copies
The Russian Girl (1992) 188 copies
That Uncertain Feeling (1955) 185 copies
I Want it Now (1968) 170 copies
I Like It Here (1958) 167 copies
Russian Hide and Seek (1980) 163 copies
The James Bond Dossier (1966) 158 copies
The Biographer's Moustache (1995) 152 copies
The Letters of Kingsley Amis (2011) 150 copies
You Can't Do Both (1994) 131 copies
Spectrum (1961) — Editor; Editor — 125 copies
Spectrum 5 (1952) — Editor — 124 copies
Spectrum 2 (1962) — Editor — 121 copies
The Crime of the Century (1975) 117 copies
Spectrum 3 (1963) — Editor — 117 copies
Spectrum 4 (1965) — Editor; Contributor — 117 copies
The Egyptologists (1965) 88 copies
My Enemy's Enemy (1962) 88 copies
Collected Short Stories (1980) 78 copies
On Drink (1972) — Author — 73 copies
The Faber Popular Reciter (1978) — Editor — 68 copies
Collected Poems 1944-1979 (1979) 66 copies
Every Day Drinking (1983) 44 copies
Complete Stories (1900) 40 copies
We Are All Guilty (1991) 39 copies
Lucky Jim/The Rachel Papers (1864) 24 copies
Lucky Jim (1993) 14 copies
The Great British songbook (1986) — Editor — 11 copies
A Look Round the Estate (1967) 11 copies
All The Blood Within Me (2014) 6 copies
Take A Girl Like You [1970 film] — Screenwriter — 4 copies
Winter's Tales I (1955) 4 copies
Poemas antirrománticos (2018) 2 copies
Geheimakte 007 James Bond (1989) 2 copies
Lucky Jim's Politics (1968) 2 copies
Bright November (1964) 2 copies
An arts policy? (1979) 1 copy
Tanatonautas (1997) 1 copy
Interesting Things (1977) 1 copy

Associated Works

Fahrenheit 451 (1953) — Contributor, some editions — 54,338 copies
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (1908) — Introduction, some editions — 7,094 copies
Erewhon (1872) — Afterword, some editions — 2,107 copies
Bring the Jubilee (1953) — Introduction, some editions — 871 copies
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Contributor, some editions — 449 copies
The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Contributor — 433 copies
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Contributor — 291 copies
The New Poetry (1962) — Contributor — 269 copies
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (1950) — Contributor, some editions — 266 copies
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) — Contributor — 237 copies
British Poetry Since 1945 (1970) — Contributor, some editions — 167 copies
The war of the worlds, The time machine, and selected short stories (1963) — Foreword, some editions — 157 copies
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Contributor — 146 copies
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Contributor — 136 copies
6th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1961) — Contributor — 125 copies
The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1972) — Contributor, some editions — 119 copies
Five-Odd (1954) — Contributor — 113 copies
Best SF: 1971 (1972) — Contributor — 88 copies
The State of the Language [1990] (1979) — Contributor — 87 copies
Science Fiction: The Future (1971) — Contributor — 86 copies
The State of the Language [1980] (1980) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying, and Living On (1997) — Contributor — 61 copies
The Best of British SF 2 (1977) — Contributor — 59 copies
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 (1991) — Contributor — 50 copies
Turning Points: Essays on the Art of Science Fiction (1977) — Contributor — 47 copies
Best SF: 1973 (1974) — Contributor — 46 copies
The Lucifer Society (1971) — Foreword, some editions; Contributor — 42 copies
The Little Book of Horrors (1992) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Television Late-night Horror Omnibus (1993) — Contributor — 38 copies
Science Fiction: A Collection of Critical Essays (1976) — Author — 37 copies
The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Protest (1998) — Contributor — 31 copies
The Young Oxford Book of Nightmares (2000) — Contributor — 23 copies
Selected Stories (1972) — Editor — 13 copies
Rejser i tid og rum : en bog om science fiction (1973) — Author, some editions — 12 copies
Armchair Horror Collection (1994) — Contributor — 7 copies
Ghostly, grim and gruesome: An anthology (1976) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
Lucky Jim [1957 film] — Original book — 3 copies
The Green Man [1990 TV series] — Original book — 2 copies
Haunted: The Ferryman [1974 TV movie] (2012) — Original Story — 2 copies

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This anthology first appeared in 1962 and has a good choice of Authors. William Tenn, Algis budrys, Robert Heinlein, Frederick Pohl, Robert Schekley and Clifford Simak. There are three other authors as well. A very worthwhile collection.
 
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therebelprince | 22 other reviews | Apr 21, 2024 |
This has been my third attempt at 'Lucky Jim'. And this time I did manage to finish it, in the manner of someone who is obliged to finish a particularly irksome piece of homework: without enthusiasm or enjoyment.

My own university years came at the tail end of the period Amis depicts, so I do recognise some of the types described. Socially inept Dixon himself, the hapless Professor Welch, highly-strung Margaret - I've met them all. However, in this case, I didn't really believe in them. And I liked none of them, particularly the irritating and lazy Dixon. Unable to involve myself in his quest for yet another cigarette or pint, or identify with his terminal lazinesss, I just wanted him to get on with it and get us both to the end of the book.

There are wonderful images, such as the justly famous description of a hangover: 'His mouth had been used as a latrine by some small creature of the night, and then as its mausoleum. During the night, too, he’d somehow been on a cross-country run and then been expertly beaten up by a secret police. He felt bad.' But it was a high price to pay, ploughing through the book on the off-chance of meeting gems such as this. Not on my 'to-read-again' shelf.
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Brian W. Aldiss Contributor
Mark Rose Contributor
Damon Knight Contributor
Raymond F. Jones Contributor
Theodore L. Thomas Contributor
F. L. Wallace Contributor
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James H. Schmitz Contributor
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