Kingsley Amis
Sir Kingsley William Amis, CBE (16 April 1922 – 22 October 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, various short stories, radio and television scripts, along with works of social and literary criticism. According to his biographer, Zachary Leader
Zachary Leader
Zachary Leader is a professor of English Literature at Roehampton University. He was an undergraduate at Northwestern University, and later pursued graduate study both at Trinity College, Cambridge and at Harvard University. Though born in the U.S. and remaining an American citizen, Leader has...

, Amis was "the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century." He was the father of English novelist Martin Amis
Martin Amis
Martin Louis Amis is a British novelist, the author of many novels including Money and London Fields . He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester, but will step down at the end of the 2010/11 academic year...


In 2008, The Times
The Times
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ranked Kingsley Amis ninth on their list of the 50 greatest British writers
British literature
British Literature refers to literature associated with the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. By far the largest part of British literature is written in the English language, but there are bodies of written works in Latin, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Scots, Cornish, Manx, Jèrriais,...

 since 1945.
Kingsley Amis was born in Clapham
Clapham is a district in south London, England, within the London Borough of Lambeth.Clapham covers the postcodes of SW4 and parts of SW9, SW8 and SW12. Clapham Common is shared with the London Borough of Wandsworth, although Lambeth has responsibility for running the common as a whole. According...

, south London, the son of William Robert Amis, a mustard manufacturer's clerk.

Your attitude measures up to the two requirements of love. You want to go to bed with her and can't, and you don't know her very well. Ignorance of the other person topped up with deprivation, Jim. You fit the formula all right, and what's more you want to go on fitting it.

Lucky Jim|Lucky Jim (1954)

There was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.

Lucky Jim (1954)

More will mean worse.

Encounter magazine, (July 1960)

It was no wonder that people were so horrible when they started life as children.

One Fat Englishman (1963)

If there's one word that sums up everything that's gone wrong since the war, it's Workshop. After Youth, that is.

Jake's Thing|Jake's Thing (1978), p. 140

There isn't another other sex.

Stanley and the Women (1984), p. 254

Should you revisit usStay a little longerAnd get to know the place...On local life we trustThe resident witnessNot the royal tourist.

"New Approach Needed", about the Second Coming|Second Coming, in A Look Round The Estate : Poems 1957-67 (1967), p. 27

Be glad you're fifty — andThat you got there while things were nice,In a world worth looking at twice.So here's wishing you many more years,But not all that many. Cheers!

"Ode to Me" in Collected Poems, 1944-1979 (1979), p. 134