Sir Kingsley Amis
(1922-1995)

novelist and Knight Bachelor (from 1990)

Died aged 73

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, short stories, radio and television scripts, and works of social and literary criticism. He is best known for satirical comedies such as Lucky Jim (1954), One Fat Englishman (1963), Ending Up (1974), Jake's Thing (1978) and The Old Devils (1986). His biographer, Zachary Leader, called Amis "the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century." He is the father of the novelist Martin Amis. In 2008, The Times ranked him ninth on a list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Sir Kingsley Amis novelist 1922–95 born at this address. Used Norbury as inspiration for his books.

16 Buckingham Gardens, Norbury, London, United Kingdom where they was

Kingsley Amis 1922-1995 Novelist lived here 1951 -1956

24 The Grove, Uplands SA2 0QT, Swansea, United Kingdom where they was

Kingsley Amis taught English at Swansea from 1949-1961 in the Arts Building which stood on this site. During this time, he wrote his debut novel Lucky Jim. He won the Booker Prize in 1986. Roedd Kingsley Amis yn addysgu Saesneg yn Abertawe rhwng 1949 a 1961 yn Adeilad y Celfyddydau a safai ar y safle hwn. Yn stod yr edeg hon, ysgrifennodd ei nofel gybtaf, Lucky Jim. Enillodd Gwobr Booker ym 1986.

English translation: Kingsley Amis taught English at Swansea from 1949-1961 in the Arts Building which stood on this site. During this time, he wrote his debut novel Lucky Jim. He won the Booker Prize in 1986.

Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom where they taught (1949-1961)