Martin Amis has died: Author of ‘London Fields’ and ‘The Information’ was 73
Martin Amis, whose 15 novels were a must-read for British fiction lovers, died of esophageal cancer at home in Lake Worth, Florida on Friday, his wife has confirmed. He was 73.
Amis’ best-known work is a trilogy of novels: Money: A Suicide Note (1985), London Fields (1990) and The Information (1995). He also had a paper, Experience (2000).
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Amis’ father was the author Kingsley Amis, who belonged to the group of writers known as the Angry Young Men in the 1950s. He is best known for “Lucky Jim”. (1954).
The two had a rivalry marked by political differences. Still, Martin Amis acknowledged that his father’s notoriety played a role in his own success.
“I would be in a very different situation now if my father had been a teacher,” Amis told the Sunday Times of London in 2014. “I was delegitimized by inheritance. In the 1970s, people understood that I was a writer’s son. You are not being sympathetic at all now because it looks like nepotism.”
Amis’ most recent book was 2020’s Inside Story, which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Fiction. It has been described as a “romanized autobiography” containing writing tips and recollections of fellow authors and friends Christopher Hitchens, Saul Bellow and Philip Larkin.
Amis leaves behind his wife and several children.
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