Lucky Jim

Lucky Jim is a novel by Kingsley Amis, first published in 1954 by Victor Gollancz. It was Amis’ first novel and won the 1955 Somerset Maugham Award for fiction. The novel follows the exploits of the eponymous James (Jim) Dixon, a reluctant lecturer at an unnamed provincial English university.

Lucky Jim
First US edition
AuthorKingsley Amis
Cover artistEdward Gorey
CountryEngland
LanguageEnglish
PublisherDoubleday (US)
Victor Gollancz (UK)
Publication date
January 1954
Pages256
ISBN0-14-018630-1
OCLC30438025
LC Class54-5356

It is supposed that Amis arrived at Dixon's surname from 12 Dixon Drive, Leicester, the address of Philip Larkin from 1948 to 1950, while he was a librarian at the university there.[1] Lucky Jim is dedicated to Larkin, who helped to inspire the main character and contributed significantly to the structure of the novel.[2][3]

Time magazine included Lucky Jim in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.[4][5]