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Martin Amis was born in Oxford on 15 August 1949. Amis's profound book adds a new and terrifying dimension to the Shakespearean tragic conception of time being "out of joint".

Martin Amis was born in Oxford on 15 August 1949. He was educated in Britain, Spain and the USA, attending over thirteen schools and then a series of crammers in London and Brighton. He gained a formal First in English at Exeter College, Oxford. and Other Visits to America. To Christopher, Eleni and Alexander. Introduction and Acknowledgments. ToChristopher, Eleni and Alexander.

The Moronic Inferno and . .has been added to your Cart. Martin Amis is well known for his admiration of American fiction, which has manifestly influenced his own literary style, and he frequently draws on aspects of US culture in his work

The Moronic Inferno and . Martin Amis is well known for his admiration of American fiction, which has manifestly influenced his own literary style, and he frequently draws on aspects of US culture in his work. Yet there are aspects of American society and culture that horrify this middle class English writer (to be fair, they horrify many other people as well). For example there is a chilling investigation into child murders in Atlanta, written in a weathered, hardboiled style that will be familiar to readers of Amis's short 1998 detective pastiche 'Night Train'.

The Moronic Inferno: And Other Visits to America (1986) is a collection of non-fiction essays on the subject of America, by the British novelist Martin Amis.

Amis also takes us to Dallas, where presidential candidate Ronald Reagan is attempting to liaise with born-again .

Amis also takes us to Dallas, where presidential candidate Ronald Reagan is attempting to liaise with born-again Christians. We glimpse the beau monde of Palm Beach, where each couple tries to out-Gatsby the other, and examine the case of Claus von Bulow. Steven Spielberg gets a visit, as does Brian de Palma, whom Amis asks why his films make no sense, and Hugh Hefner's sybaritic fortress and sanitised image are penetrated.

Whenever I announced my intention of going along to interview her, people looked at me with trepidation, a new respect, a certain holy dread f the literary lioness, which.

Whenever I announced my intention of going along to interview her, people looked at me with trepidation, a new respect, a certain holy dread f the literary lioness, which is often just as dangerous. I had tangled with Mrs Trilling before, more than ten years ago, and had my own reasons for fearing her well-known asperity.

Martin Amis, son of the novelist Kingsley Amis, was born August 25, 1949. His childhood was spent traveling with his famous father. From 1969 to 1971 he attended Exeter College at Oxford University. After graduating, he worked for the Times Literary Supplement and later as special writer for the Observer. Amis published his first novel, The Rachel Papers, in 1973, which received the prestigious Somerset Maugham Award in 1974. Other titles include Dead Babies (1976), Other People: A Mystery Story (1981); London Fields (1989), The Information (1995), and Night Train (1997). Martin Amis has been.

Saul Bellow and the Moronic Inferno - The Killings in Atlanta - The Case of Claus von Bulow - Truman Capote: Knowing Everybody - Philip Roth: No Satisfaction - Elvis Presley: He Did It His Way - Diana Trilling at Claremont Avenue - Norman Mail.

Saul Bellow and the Moronic Inferno - The Killings in Atlanta - The Case of Claus von Bulow - Truman Capote: Knowing Everybody - Philip Roth: No Satisfaction - Elvis Presley: He Did It His Way - Diana Trilling at Claremont Avenue - Norman Mailer: The Avenger and the Bitch - Palm Beach: Don't.

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A collection of essays on America by the author of London Fields, Money and Yellow Dog.At the age of ten, when Martin Amis spent a year in Princeton, New Jersey, he was excited and frightened by America. As an adult he has approached that confusing country from many arresting angles, and interviewed its literati, filmmakers, thinkers, opinion-makers, leaders and crackpots with characteristic discernment and wit.Included in a gallery of Great American Novelists are Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Joseph Heller, William Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Paul Theroux, Philip Roth and Saul Bellow. Amis also takes us to Dallas, where presidential candidate Ronald Reagan is attempting to liaise with born-again Christians. We glimpse the beau monde of Palm Beach, where each couple tries to out-Gatsby the other, and examine the case of Claus von Bulow. Steven Spielberg gets a visit, as does Brian de Palma, whom Amis asks why his films make no sense, and Hugh Hefner’s sybaritic fortress and sanitized image are penetrated.There can be little that escapes the eye of Martin Amis when his curiosity leads him to a subject, and America has found in him a superlative chronicler.

Comments: (7)

Kitaxe
Brilliant reading this, 30 years later. Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, William Burroughs, Hugh Hefner are all dead now. No one pierces the egoistical veil of "great" men with the tongue in cheek of Mr. Amis. He's insightful, accurate, sensitive, brutal, and forgiving. Had fun remembering those days.

Oh this mortal coil, that screws us all.
Tar
Early Amis, great price
Vichredag
This 1987 selection of writings by a young Martin Amis (MA) about the USA has been kept in print, and rightly so. It is a delightful collection of his journalistic articles published between 1977 and 1985, corrected, rewritten and provided with afterwords when needed. Most articles concerned his favourite writers, many dead now. Only Philip Roth and Hugh Hefner (not a writer, founder of “Playboy”) are still among us. Its title comes from Nobel Prize-winner Saul Bellow. MA’s essays about his work and worldview bracket this collection like sturdy bookstands.
Few readers will read every piece about the US writers, iconic Americans (Presley, Reagan), weird venues (Palm Beach) or pressing issues (AIDS) presented. Some entries are 1.200 word reviews, others lengthier and better documented. MAs best portraits display deep research plus an interview with the main subject. His best pieces (on e.g. Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow ) cannot be ignored by today’s students of literature. His piece on AIDS (1985) was courageous and hard-hitting, and was well received in gay and medical circles after publication. Highly recommended.
Monam
Published in 1986 this is a series of occasional pieces written for magazines and news papers.

There are 27 interviews and reviews included in this compilation and 26 of them are really interesting. The 27th was about someone I had never heard of and as this is about me, there you have it.

Amis covers Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer,Gloria Steinman, Truman Capote and many others as well as a couple of news events.

They are all very well written with Amis's humour running through them all. The only annoying thing is that while reading a interview on one of the subjects there will be a page break and you find that you are now reading a review of the latest book of the person that was previously being interviewed. At the end of the chapter you then find that it was cobbled together from two different articles from two different publications published many years apart!!!

But the above problem is not the authors but the editor's NOTE: Mr Editor it doesn't work.

The subjects and books are all interesting with a highlight being the Claus von Bulow trial. Not a nice man at all.

And this little one from the Joseph Heller chapter on a review of his novel "God Knows" - Like cunnilingus, tending sheep is dark and lonely work; but someone has to do it.

Highly recommended as a bath or travel collection, short sharp chapters that will entertain.
Wal
Amis's father was a genius. Think about it for a minute and then consider what poor Martin has been up against. That said, Martin is a bit of a genius himself. One of the key signs if not proofs of genius is the talent to recognize one without shriveling up in jealousy. Amis here celebrates the genius of the great American writers, if not the genius of the great American people. Like many sensible Americans - John Adams, Mencken, Allen Bloom - Amis is not quite ready to embrace the moronic inferno (Saul Bellow's phrase), perhaps out of fear of being burned alive. He may be horrified, but he is amused. Amis's fiction is heavily influenced by American authors. His favorite, Saul Bellow, has had a profound influence on him. Amis here expresses his appreciation of Bellow, who became Amis's friend during the last years of his life, and of Updike, a very different sort of writer, but Amis can see genius and takes pleasure in it for its own sake. He is capable of an inexhaustible generosity when he recognizes a great mind at work. He reviews Mailer's flawed "Executioner's Song" - the Gary Gilmore "factional" novel, which Amis thinks is good for 300 pages and then sort of runs out of steam for another 700 pages. He writes, too, about other aspects of America, but he rarely says anything especially insightful, blah, blah, AIDS, blah, blah, blah. No, Amis has a good brain but, like many British authors, he thinks he is at his best being sardonic. The truth is that he writes better when he is in love. The appreciations of great writers are first class, the rest is filler.
Kelenn
Martin Amis is well known for his admiration of American fiction, which has manifestly influenced his own literary style, and he frequently draws on aspects of US culture in his work.

Yet there are aspects of American society and culture that horrify this middle class English writer (to be fair, they horrify many other people as well). For example there is a chilling investigation into child murders in Atlanta, written in a weathered, hardboiled style that will be familiar to readers of Amis's short 1998 detective pastiche 'Night Train'.

Most of this collection is divided between pieces on writers and writings, and some of the more eccentric aspects of American society (particularly in the Midwest). There are knowing pieces on Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, Philip Roth and a dying Truman Capote; the most laudatory being saved for two bookend essays on Saul Bellow - a longtime hero for Amis.

Then there are the savage satires on Republican politics, TV evangelists, the movies of Brian De Palma and Hugh Hefner. Yes, these provide sitting duck targets for the witty satirist, especially one of secular, liberal inclinations, but the pieces are in turns incisive, funny and frightening at the same time.

America: land of the free, where eccentrics and crackpots can become richer, more influential and more famous than anywhere else in the world. God bless this collection of essays.
The Moronic Inferno: And Other Visits to America download epub
Essays & Correspondence
Author: Martin Amis
ISBN: 0099461862
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Essays & Correspondence
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage Books; New Ed edition (February 6, 2006)
Pages: 208 pages