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Striking lucky Jim

Literary agents read hundreds of novels by little-known authors-few become classics. Hilary Rubinstein describes hitting the jackpot with Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim

By Hilary Rubinstein   December 1995

Victor Gollancz Ltd

14 Henrietta Street

London WC2

November 1952

Dear Kingsley Amis

I don’t know whether you will remember me, but we used occasionally to meet for breakfast at Lyons in the Cornmarket, before you left Oxford for Swansea, and I came to London to work here. I happened to spot in the contributors note at the back of the recently published PEN Poetry Anthology that you are currently writing a novel set in a provincial university. If you are not committed elsewhere, would you care to send it to us when it is finished?

Yours sincerely

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