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  • 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.
  • Girl, 20 (New York Review Books Classics)

    By Kingsley Amis

    Our Price: $15.95
    • 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.
  • Spectrum

    By Kingsley Amis

    Our Price: $20.00
    • 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.
  • The Alteration

    By Kingsley Amis

    Our Price: $15.25
    • 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

    Our Price: $15.25
    • 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 New Oxford Book of English Light Verse

    By Kingsley Amis

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780192118622
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: June 1978
    An entertaining anthology of more than two hundred fifty verses by some eighty authors ranges from satire to nonsense and from Shakespeare to Philip Larkin
  • The Old Devils

    By Kingsley Amis

    Our Price: $13.45
    • 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

    Our Price: $20.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140251722
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: May 1995

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