British author Martin Amis dies at 73, says his publisher

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Author Martin Amis poses for a portrait at the Cheltenham Literature Festival held at Cheltenham Town Hall on October 14, 2007 in Cheltenham, England.


British author Martin Amis, best known for his 1984 novel “Money” and 1989’s “London Fields,” has died, his publisher Penguin Books UK announced on Saturday. He was 73.

“[Amis]leaves an enormous legacy and an indelible mark on the British cultural landscape, and will be greatly missed,” the British publishing house said on Twitter.

The author, who released her first novel, “The Rachel Peppers,” when she was 24, died Friday, according to Penguin Books.

Amis’s wife, author Isabel Fonseca, told The New York Times that his cause of death was esophageal cancer.

CNN has contacted Fonseca for comment.

Amis is survived by Fonsca and their children – Luis, Jacob, Fernanda, Cleo and Delilah.

“To so many people of my generation, Martin Amis was the one: the coolest, funniest, most quotable, most beautiful writer in the British literary sky,” his former editor Dan Franklin said in a Penguin statement announcing Amis’ death. Where did you go?

The statement said his publishing company remembered him as a “novelist, essayist, memoirist, critic and stylist supreme who steered the UK publishing world for 40 years.”

Amis was born on August 25, 1949 in Oxford, England. According to Penguin, he was the son of English novelist Kingsley Amis.

Penguin said that, as a writer concerned with current events and major historical moments, Amis’s work tackled larger issues and questions, including “The Second Plane”, her essays and stories about the events of September 11, 2001. Contains a collection of.

His 1991 novels, “Time’s Arrow,” and 2014’s “The Zone of Interest” explored the Holocaust.

The graduate of Oxford University’s Exeter College served as creative writing professor at the University of Manchester from 2007 to 2011, the publishing house said.

Amis’s accolades include the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her memoir, “Experience” and her writing was twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, including shortlisting for “Time’s Arrow”.

According to Penguin his works were “noted for their dark, wry satire and inventiveness”.

“It’s hard to imagine a world without Martin Amis,” said Penguin’s UK editor Michael Shavit in a statement. “He was the king – a stylist extraordinaire, super cool, a brilliantly funny, scholarly and fearless writer and truly a wonderful person.”

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