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The Anti-Egotist: Kingsley Amis, Man of Letters
by Paul Fussell
In The Anti-Egotist, Fussell captures the essence of Kingsley Amis as a man of letters - "a serious critic, " as John Gross writes, "operating outside the academic fold." Part biography, part critical appraisal, The Anti-Egotist traces the influences that have shaped Amis's writing, ranging from his schooldays through military service to university teaching, as he emerged ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 15th 1994 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Nice look at Kingsley Amis, mostly ignoring his novels in favor of his other writings, and taking off from the assumed public view that Amis was a rude reactionary. Fussell does make a strong case for Amis the anti-snob, who liked people (and books and food and writing and poetry) to be clear and unpretentious and fair and kind. He also downplays or ignores the less attractive judgments (about women, about the left) that Amis made, and seems to share Amis's general distaste for Modernism and rev ...more
Paul Fussell was an American cultural and literary historian, author and university professor. His writings covered a variety of topics, from scholarly works on eighteenth-century English literature to commentary on America’s class system. He was an U.S. Army Infantry officer in the European theater during World War II (103rd U.S. Infantry Division) and was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Pur ...moreMore about Paul Fussell...