Martin Amis, British dark comedy writer, has died at the age of 73
Martin Amis, a British dark comedy writer, has died aged 73, his publisher said on Twitter on Saturday.
Penguin Books said Amis “leaves a tremendous legacy and an indelible mark on the British cultural landscape and will be greatly missed.”
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Amis died Friday at his home in Lake Worth, Fla., the New York Times previously reported, citing his wife Isabel Fonseca as saying the cause was esophageal cancer.
Amis, the author of 14 novels including Money: A Suicide Note, London Fields and Time’s Arrow, was named one of the 50 best British writers since 1945 in 2008 and has been nominated twice for the Booker Prize.
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Often cited as one of the most innovative voices of his generation, Amis was the son of the late British author Kingsley Amis, the subject of his 2000 memoir Experience. He moved to the United States in 2011.
Amis’ first novel, The Rachel Papers, was published when he was 23 years old. He worked as an editor at The Times Literary Supplement and later as literary editor of The New Statesman.
Amis told Reuters in 2012 that he was most satisfied with his then-recent novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England, and less satisfied with its more acclaimed predecessors “across the board.”
In time, he said, “What happens is that your genius grows weaker and your talent grows stronger.”
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In a 2020 interview with The New York Times, Amis said, “We read literature to have a good time. It’s not necessarily an easy time, but it’s not a difficult time, and it’s not a bad time.”