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Martin Amis - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
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Martin Amis   (1949 - )
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born: 1949
Oxford, England
 
 
Related authors:
Elmore Leonard, Malcolm Lowry, Philip Larkin, Salman Rushdie, Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov
 
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Martin Amis - LIFE STORIES
 
 
8/25/1949     Kingsley and/or Martin Amis
On this day in 1949, Martin Amis was born. In any history of the last half-century of English Literature, a chapter will have to be given to the Amis family's seventy-five books -- and still counting, in Martin's case. Two chapters might be better: one of father Kingsley's many "failures of tolerance," to use Martin's phrase, was his contempt for his son's postmodern novels, or the few he'd tried reading.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Experience: A Memoir
memoir
 
The War Against Cliche: Essays and Reviews, 1971-2000
criticism
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Memoirs
by Kingsley Amis
memoir
 
The Fiction of Martin Amis
by Nicolas Tredell (Editor)
guide, literary criticism
 
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BBC Interviews
Find interviews in which Amis talks about being a successful writer, his relationship with his father, getting inspiration from the tabloids, his preference for novels over drama, and London fields.

"One of the things about being the son of a successful writer is that I don't think I've ever had this awed pleasure that all writers have ... when they think how amazing it is that I've pulled this off, that my father is an accountant, that my father is an army officer, and yet i've become a writer, how extraordinary ... but I've never felt particularly unusual because it's in the family."
Guardian Unlimited Books - Martin Amis
Features information about Amis (his influences are Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, James Joyce, and he worked on the script of Tim Burton's Mars Attacks), and a collection of essays about politics and morality, literary criticism, and pornography. Several reviews of The War Against Cliché are also provided: "the best of Martin Amis" says one, "the antithesis of almost all academic prose: readable, alert and engaging" another.
Literary Encyclopedia
Offers a biography and promises future essays offering literary analysis and commentary on Dead Babies / Dark Secrets, Time's Arrow, Night Train, and Koba, The Dread.

"The idea that Amis moved effortlessly into the wealthy life of a best-selling novelist is not, however, entirely borne out by the facts. ... In fact, although Amis' reputation was assured from the beginning in that he could count on high-profile reviews, and attract admiration from many generations of Britain's (and later America's) -- largely male -- intelligentsia, these early books did not sell widely, and in 1980 Jonathan Cape decided on an aggressive promotion of the new novel, Other People, which paid off: the entire Amis oeuvre to date was reprinted by Penguin, and by the time London Fields appeared in 1984, Amis was a much more widely-read if still cultish novelist."
The Martin Amis Web
An extensive website featuring interviews, essays, biographies, bibliographies, reviews, literary criticism and analysis, and more. The site is now administered by Amis scholar Gavin Keulks. Highly recommended.
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