Kingsley Amis

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Sir Kingsley Amis April 22, 1922 - October 22, 1995, was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. Author of twenty novels, three collections of poetry, a number of short stories, and ten books of social or literary criticism.

Born in London. He was educated at the City of London School and St. John's College, Oxford. After service in the army with the Royal Corps of Signals he completed his university studies in 1947 and then worked as a lecturer in English at the University of Swansea (1948-61) and in Cambridge (1961-63).

He was married twice, first in 1948 to Hilary. In 1965, he married novelist Elizabeth Howard; they divorced in 1983. He had three children: two sons, including Martin Amis, and a daughter.

He was knighted in 1990.

When he died, at the age of 73, Amis had over 20 novels to his credit, plus dozens of volumes of poetry, stories, collections of essays, and criticism.

1947 Amis's first collection of poems, Bright November
1953 A Frame of Mind
1954 Poems: Fantasy Portraits.
1954 Amis also published his first novel, Lucky Jim. The novel won the Somerset Maugham award for fiction and Amis was placed in a group of young writers labeled "Angry Young Men." (including Iris Murdoch (sic!) and John Osborne).
1956 A Case of Samples: Poems 1946-1956.
1968, after Ian Fleming's death in 1964, under the pseudonym Robert Markham, he wrote Colonel Sun, a novel about James Bond.
1986 he won a Booker Prize for The Old Devils.
1994 The semi-autobiographical You Can't Do Both was published.