KINGSLEY AMIS, CURMUDGEON. My father had a twinkle in his eye when he referred to himself as a curmudgeon. The Times Literary Supplement column has some quotes from Kingsley Amis that don’t seem to be said with a twinkle. About Dylan Thomas: “a stage Welshman.” A comment on Rimbaud’s claim that “madness was a spur to creativity: “There are a lot of answers to that. Bloody Frenchman is one of them.” To an interviewer: “Where is your tape-recorder? I don’t suppose you’ve read my book. Too bloody lazy.”

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