Martin Amis (6993 words)

Richard Todd (Universiteit Leiden); Nicolas Tredell (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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Martin Amis was born in Oxford on 25 August 1949. The second of the three children of the writer Kingsley Amis (1922-95) and his then wife Hilary (Hilly) Bardwell, Martin Amis has consistently enjoyed the highest profile of the three. His brother Philip is barely a year older, and his younger sister, Sally, was born in 1954 and died aged 46 in November 2000. Amis family life during the 1950s was peripatetic. Most of it was based in South Wales, where Kingsley Amis taught at University College, Swansea, until the success ushered in by Lucky Jim made an academic career unnecessary. From an early point, Martin Amis was used to the domestic presence of prominent literary figures such as Philip Larkin (1922-85). There were periods …

Citation: Todd, Richard, Nicolas Tredell. "Martin Amis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 November 2002; last revised 19 August 2018. [, accessed 12 April 2021.]

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