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Writer Martin Amis on Literary Jealousy

Amis is the author of The Information. The book is about rivalry in the literary world, which some have said parallels Amis' own life. Britain's literary world was shocked when Amis demanded a half-million pound advance on The Information, supposedly to pay for his divorce and costly dental work, and then dumped his long-time agent, who was also the wife of his best friend. The New York Times has called The Information "an uncompromising and highly ambitious novel that should also be a big popular hit."

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Other segments from the episode on May 2, 1995

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 2, 1995: Review of Scott Spencer's novel "Men in Black"; Interview with Scott Spencer; Interview with Martin Amis; Commentary on the Cosmopolitan grammar quiz.

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