Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Kingsley Amis (AY-mihs) is best known as a novelist, but readers have turned often to his other writings for the insights they provide into the man and his fiction. Many of the themes that are explored in depth in his novels are expressed indirectly in the peripheral works. He published several collections of short stories: My Enemy’s Enemy (1962), Collected Short Stories (1980), and Mr. Barrett’s Secret, and Other Stories (1993). Dear Illusion, a novella, was published in 1972 in a limited edition of five hundred copies. His collections of poetry include Bright November (1947), A Frame of Mind (1953), A Case of Samples: Poems, 1946-1956 (1956), The Evans Country (1962), A Look Round the Estate: Poems, 1957-1967 (1967), and Collected Poems: 1944-1979 (1979). Amis published his opinionated Memoirs in 1991. His criticism covers an extremely wide range; in addition to studies of figures as diverse as Jane Austen and Rudyard Kipling, he published one of the first significant critical books on science fiction, New Maps of Hell: A Survey of Science Fiction (1960), a work that did much to encourage academic study of the genre and to win recognition for many gifted writers. The James Bond Dossier (with Ian Fleming; 1965), several volumes of collected science fiction edited with Robert Conquest and titled Spectrum: A Science Fiction Anthology (1961-1965), and The King’s English: A Guide to Modern Usage (1997) offer further evidence of the extraordinary range of his work.