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"Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented.
But they can be taken out of the gun."
- Martin Amis
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m a r t i n a m i s : f a c t s
- Name: Martin Amis
- Born: 25 August 1949
- Place of birth: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Antonia Phillips (1984 - ?) 2 children
Isabel Fonseca (? - ?)
1974 Somerset Maugham Award The Rachel Papers
1991 Booker Prize for Fiction (shortlist) Time's Arrow
2000 James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for biography) Experience
m a r t i n a m i s : b i o g .
Martin Amis was born in Oxford in 1949, the son of the writer Kingsley Amis. He was educated in schools in Britain, Spain and the USA, and graduated from Exeter College, Oxford, with First Class Honours in English. He wrote and published his first novel, The Rachel Papers (1973), while working as an editorial assistant at the Times Literary Supplement. The novel won a Somerset Maugham Award in 1974 and was followed by Dead Babies in 1975. He was Literary Editor of the New Statesman between 1977 and 1979, publishing his third novel, Success, in 1978.
Regarded by many critics as one of the most influential and innovative voices in contemporary British fiction, Amis is often grouped with the generation of British-based novelists that emerged during the 1980s and included Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes. His work has been heavily influenced by American fiction, especially the work of Philip Roth, John Updike and Saul Bellow. A loose trilogy of novels set in London begins with Money: A Suicide Note (1984), a satire of Thatcherite amorality and greed, continues with London Fields (1989), and concludes with The Information (1995), a tale of literary rivalry. Time's Arrow (1991), was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction.
More recent books include Night Train (1997), a pastiche of American detective fiction, an acclaimed volume of autobiography, Experience (2000) - winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize - and Koba the Dread, a non-fiction work about communism in the twentieth century (2002). A new work of fiction, Yellow Dog, is published in
Amis is also the author of three collections of essays, The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America (1986), Visiting Mrs Nabokov and Other Excursions (1993), and The War Against Cliché (2001), which includes essays and book reviews, as well as two collections of short stories, Einstein's Monsters (1987), and Heavy Water and Other Stories (1998).
He is a regular contributor to numerous newspapers, magazines and journals, including the Sunday Times, The Observer, the Times Literary Supplement and the New York Times. He was awarded an honorary LittD by the University of East Anglia in 2000.
Martin Amis lives in London.
m a r t i n a m i s : s e l e c t e d b o o k s
- The Rachel Papers Cape, 1973
- Dead Babies Cape, 1975
- Success Cape, 1978
- Other People: A Mystery Story Cape, 1981
- Invasion of the Space Invaders Hutchinson, 1982
- Money: A Suicide Note Cape, 1984
- The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America Cape, 1986
- Einstein's Monsters Cape, 1987
- London Fields Cape, 1989
- Time's Arrow Cape, 1991
- Visiting Mrs Nabokov and Other Excursions Cape, 1993
- The Information Flamingo, 1995
- Night Train Cape, 1997
- Heavy Water and Other Stories Cape, 1998
- Experience Cape, 2000
- The War Against Cliché Cape, 2001
- Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million Cape, 2002
- On Modern British Fiction (contributor: 'Against Dryness') Oxford University Press, 2002
- Yellow Dog Cape, 2003