On Drink by Kingsley Amis
New York : Harcourt, Brace & Jovanovich, 1973. First American Edition ; First printing. Stated "First American Edition 1973/BCDE" on copyright page. Hardcover. 109 pages ; 22 cm. $4.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Small notation at rear endpaper. Otherwise, no markings in the text block. A touch of foxing at the front free endpaper. Original owner address label on front free endpaper. Binding is firm.
Kingsley Amis, one of literature's most versatile craftsmen, here shows another side of his talent, as portrayed on the front of this jacket—his mastery of the art of drinking. Calling on his many years of experience, and with an eye toward both economics and enjoyment, he presents this witty, informative handbook for the drinker, both amateur and professional.
From a brief dip into alcoholic literature, our bibulous guide moves to a selection of prime drink recipes—the fruit of untold diligent years of research in the field. Among his list can be found such personal extravaganzas as the Lucky Jim and such irresistibly titled brews as Reginald Bosan-quet's Golden Elixir, the Polish Bison, the Careful Man's Peachy Punch, and Evelyn Waugh's Noonday Reviver. Practical guidance on equipment and supplying the home bar is followed by a wealth of information about wine.
The author has thoughtfully included a section on dealing with a hangover, suggestions for a Boozing Man's Diet, and, finally, for those who prefer prevention to cure, some notes on How Not to Get Drunk.
With its apt and amusing drawings by Nicolas Bentley, this book is the ideal gift for the drinking man, public or private, occasional or dedicated. It is as pleasing as a well-made cocktail.
Between his heralded debut in 1954, with Lucky Jim, and the publication in 1972 of GiW, 20, Kingsley Amis published seven other novels: That Uncertain Feeling, I Like It Here, Take a Girl Like You, One Fat Englishman, The Anti-Death League, I Want It Now, and his unexpected and delightful venture into the supernatural, The Green Man. He is, as well, the author of a collection of short stories, two volumes of poetry, a survey of science fiction, and a harvest of literary and personal essays.
Kingsley Amis was born in 1922 in London. After his education at Oxford, he served in World War II and taught at the College of Swansea and at Cambridge. He lives now with his wife, the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard, in their home near London.
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