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  • Collected Poems, 1944-1979

    By Kingsley Amis

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780670229109
    • Publisher: The Viking Press
    • Published: April 1980
  • Collected Poems, 1944-1979

    By Kingsley Amis

    Our Price: $14.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590178669
    • Publisher: NYRB Poets
    • Published: June 2016
    Kingsley Amis’s poetry tackles all the grimly humorous subjects he tackled in his novels—lust, lost love, booze, money and the lack of it, old age, death—and does so with immense formal poise. A master of both traditional and unconventional meters with a perfect ear for parody, Amis wrote satires, epigrams, and rueful songs of love and loss that are remarkable not only for their virtuosity and humor but for their scabrous realism. It all adds up to a small, entirely individual, and memorably bracing body of work. Amis writes: “Beauty, they tell me, is a dangerous thing, / Whose touch will burn, but I’m asbestos, see?” We know he is anything but.
  • Ending Up

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590177594
    • Publisher: NYRB Classics
    • Published: April 2015
    "Ending Up is a grotesque and memorable dance of death, full of bickering, bitching, backstabbing, drinking (of course), and idiocy of all sorts. It is a book about dying people and about a dying England, clinging to its memories of greatness as it succumbs to terminal decay. Everyone wants a comfortable place to die, and Kingsley Amis's characters have found it in Happeny Tuppeny Cottage, out in the country, where assorted septuagenarians have come together to see one another out the door of life. There's grotesque Adela, whose sole passion is her cheapness; her cursing and scoffing brother Brigadier Bernard Bastable, always strategizing a new retreat to the bathroom before sallying forth to play some especially nasty practical joke; Shorty, the servant, who years ago had a fling with the brigadier in the barracks and now organizes his daily rounds from woodpile to wardrobe around a trail of hidden bottles; George Zeyer, the distinguished professor of history, bedridden and helpless to articulate his still- coherent thoughts; and Marigold, who slowly but surely is forgetting it all. And now it is Christmas. Children and grandchildren are coming to visit their ailing elders. They don't know what lies in store before the story ends. None of us do"--
  • Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kinglsey Amis

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781596916289
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury
    • Published: April 2010
    Amis's wisdom on the cherished subject of drinking. Along with a series of well-tested recipes the book includes Amis's musings on The Hangover, The Boozing Man's Diet, The Mean Sod's Guide, and How Not to Get Drunk - all leavened with fun quizzes on the making and drinking of alcohol all over the world. A full-glass cocktail of wry humor and distilled knowledge. Index. 302p.
  • Girl, 20 (New York Review Books Classics)

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590176634
    • Publisher: NYRB Classics
    • Published: September 2013
    Kingsley Amis, along with being the funniest English writer of his generation (see Lucky Jim) and a master of literary genres (his ghost story, The Green Man; his foray into science fiction, The Alteration), was a great chronicler of the fads and absurdities of his age. This is nowhere more apparent than in One Fat Englishman, from 1963, and Girl, 20, which came out almost a decade later, books that survey the social landscape of mid-century England and America with an unflinching accuracy and hilarious disdain.Girl, 20, an anatomy of the flower-power phase of the 1960s, is about a conductor and composer who bears more than a passing resemblance to the Leonard Bernstein of Tom Wolfe’s Radical Chic, a fan of protest and bell-bottoms, all the less persuasive, perhaps, because Amis’s Sir Roy Vandervane is as British as can be. Vain Sir Vandervane is, however, a tremendous success, a “great man” even, so much so that he is free to pursue his greatest failing, a taste for younger and younger women, which has grown more pronounced every year. Highborn hippie Sophia (not, in fact, twenty) is his latest infatuation and a threat to his whole family, from his drama-queen wife, Kitty, to Penny, his long-suffering daughter. All this is recounted by Douglas Yandell, a music critic with his own love problems (among them that he is half in love with Penny), who is slowly drawn into this story of affected artistry, bumbling celebrity, and scheming family, in a time that for all its high-minded talk is as low and dishonest as any other.
  • Kingsley Amis : A Checklist (The Serif series, bibliographies and checklists)

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780873381826
    • Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr
    • Published: June 1976
  • Lucky Jim

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590175750
    • Publisher: New York Review Books
    • Published: October 2012
    Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1954. This is the story of Jim Dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better than most that “there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.” Kingsley Amis’s scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores, cranks, frauds, and neurotics with whom Dixon must contend in one way or another in order to hold on to his cushy academic perch and win the girl of his fancy. More than just a merciless satire of cloistered college life and stuffy postwar manners, Lucky Jim is an attack on the forces of boredom, whatever form they may take, and a work of art that at once distills and extends an entire tradition of English comic writing, from Fielding and Dickens through Wodehouse and Waugh. As Christopher Hitchens has written, “If you can picture Bertie or Jeeves being capable of actual malice, and simultaneously imagine Evelyn Waugh forgetting about original sin, you have the combination of innocence and experience that makes this short romp so imperishable.”
  • Lucky Jim

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780142180143
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: January 2002
  • Spectrum

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9789112269192
    • Publisher: The Science Fiction Book Club
    • Published: 1963
    8vo. Book club edition. Lean to spine. Soiling to d.j., especially at spine with some staining. Toning to verso of d.j. at spine. Wear along margins. VG/VG.
  • Stanley and the Women

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060971458
    • Publisher: Perennial / Harper & Row
    • Published: March 1988
    Looking for emotional support after learning that his son is going mad, Stanley Duke, a beleaguered advertising executive, turns to Nowell, his first wife, who blames him for the boy's illness, and his second wife, Susan, who confesses she hates him
  • Take a Girl Like You (NYRB Classics)

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590177600
    • Publisher: NYRB Classics
    • Published: March 2015
  • The Alteration

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590176177
    • Publisher: NYRB Classics
    • Published: May 2013
    "In Kingsley Amis's virtuoso foray into alternate history, it is 1976 but the modern world is a medieval relic, frozen in intellectual and spiritual time ever since Martin Luther was promoted to pope back in the sixteenth century. Stephen the Third, the king of England, has just died, and Mass (Mozart's second requiem) is about to be sung to lay him to rest. In the choir is our hero, Hubert Anvil, an extremely ordinary ten-year-old boy with a faultless voice. In the audience is a select group of experts whose job is to determine whether that faultless voice should be preserved by performing a certain operation. After all, any sacrifice is worth it for the perfection of art. How Hubert realizes what lies in store for him and how he deals with the whirlpool of piety, menace, terror, and passion that he soon finds himself in are the subject of a classic piece of counterfactual fiction to equal Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle. The Alteration won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science-fiction novel in 1976"--
  • The Green Man

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590176160
    • Publisher: NYRB Classics
    • Published: May 2013
    The present-day owner of a medieval coaching inn is witness to the renascence of a seventeenth-century murder suspect.
  • The Old Devils

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781590175767
    • Publisher: NYRB Classics
    • Published: September 2012
    Age has done everything except mellow the characters in Kingsley Amis’s The Old Devils, which turns its humane and ironic gaze on a group of Welsh married couples who have been spending their golden years—when “all of a sudden the evening starts starting after breakfast”—nattering, complaining, reminiscing, and, above all, drinking. This more or less orderly social world is thrown off-kilter, however, when two old friends unexpectedly return from England: Alun Weaver, now a celebrated man of Welsh letters, and his entrancing wife, Rhiannon. Long-dormant rivalries and romances are rudely awakened, as life at the Bible and Crown, the local pub, is changed irrevocably. Considered by Martin Amis to be Kingsley Amis’s greatest achievement—a book that “stands comparison with any English novel of the [twentieth] century”—The Old Devils confronts the attrition of ageing with rare candor, sympathy, and moral intelligence.
  • The Russian Girl

    By Kingsley Amis

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140251722
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: May 1995

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