Martin Amis: Experience

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Martin Amis’s arresting autobiography, Experience (2000), came out about three months before his fifty-first birthday. By then he had published nine novels, two volumes of short stories and three collections of essays. As a striking and provocative literary talent in his own right, whose father, Sir Kingsley Amis (1922-95), was also a famous author, Martin Amis had never lacked for publicity since the appearance of his first novel, The Rachel Papers (1974). Press attention, however, had become especially strong, and sometimes hostile, in the 1990s, at a particularly turbulent time in his personal and professional life. These years saw his divorce in 1993 from Antonia Phillips, whom he had married in 1984 and by whom h…

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Tredell, Nicolas. "Experience". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 August 2011
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