Details of Legendary Novelist Martin Amis’ Cause of Death
Martin Amis’ cause of death was announced by his wife Isabel Fonseca. He sadly passed away at the age of 73 at his home in Lake Worth in Florida.
Amis was among the celebrated group of novelists including Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, and Julian Barnes, whose works defined the British literary scene in the 1980s.
His 1984 novel Money was named by Robert McCrum as among the 100 best novels written in English. McCrum described Money as a “zeitgeist book that remains one of the dominant novels of the 1980s”.
“The thrill of Money, which is turbo-charged with savage humor from first to last page, is Amis’s prodigal delight in the contemporary Anglo-American vernacular,” he added.
The novelist’s use of style and voice was feted by critics, with Veronica Geng writing in her New York Times review that the novel was “like a tale taken down in a trance by a medium in the grip of a spirit control, one of those prankish controls waxing autobiographical from a spectral barstool”.
In an interview with the Paris Review, Amis said that “plots really matter only in thrillers”, and that Money was a “voice novel”. “If the voice doesn’t work you’re screwed,” he added.
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Cancer of the esophagus was reported as Martin Amis’ cause of death. His wife said that the legendary writer died of cancer on Friday at his home in Florida.
Amis was born on August 25, 1949, in Oxford, and was educated at schools in Britain, Spain, and the US, before going to Exeter College, Oxford.
He credited his stepmother, the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard, with waking him up to the literary world when he was a drifting adolescent “averaging an O-level a year”: “She gave me a reading list and after an hour, I went and knocked on her study door and said: ‘I’ve got to know: does Elizabeth marry Darcy?'”
His first novel, The Rachel Papers, was published in 1973 and it won the Somerset Maugham Award in 1974. His book, the blackly comic Dead Babies, was published the following year.
He worked as the literary editor of the New Statesman between 1977 and 1979, and he published his third novel, Success, during this time.
His publisher, Vintage Books, issued a statement and paid touching tributes to Amis on Saturday evening. “We are devastated at the death of our author and friend, Martin Amis: novelist, essayist, memoirist, critic, stylist supreme,” the statement read.
“It has been a profound privilege and pleasure to be his publisher; first as Jonathan Cape in 1973, with his explosive debut, The Rachel Papers; then as part of Penguin Random House and Vintage, up to and including his most recent book, 2020’s Inside Story.
“For 40 years Martin Amis bestrode the world of UK publishing: first by defining what it meant to be a literary wunderkind by releasing his first novel at just 24; influencing a generation of prose stylists; and often summing up entire eras with his books, perhaps most notably with his classic novel, Money.
His former UK editor, Dan Franklin, wrote: “For so many people of my generation, Martin Amis was the one: the coolest, funniest, most quotable, most beautiful writer in the British literary firmament.
“When I first moved to Cape in 1993 it still seemed, 20 years on from The Rachel Papers, that every young writer wanted to be on the list because Martin was on it. The fact that he was so overlooked for literary prizes only added to his allure.”
His UK editor, Michal Shavit, said: “It’s hard to imagine a world without Martin Amis in it. He was the king – a stylist extraordinaire, super cool, a brilliantly witty, erudite and fearless writer, and a truly wonderful man.
“He has been so important and formative for so many readers and writers over the last half-century. Every time he published a new book it was an event. He will be remembered as one of the greatest writers of his time and his books will stand the test of time alongside some of his favourite writers: Saul Bellow, John Updike, and Vladimir Nabokov.”
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