Cyril Connolly

Cyril Connolly (kŏn´əlē), 1903–74, English critic and editor, b. Coventry, England. After attending the Univ. of Oxford, he began his career as a journalist. With Stephen Spender he founded Horizon (1939–49), a small literary magazine that reflected Connolly's own iconoclastic and mordant attitudes toward contemporary society. He also used his critical gifts as a long-time book reviewer for The New Statesman and London's Sunday Times. Among his works are Rock Pool (1935), a satirical novel that ranks with the best of Huxley and Waugh; Enemies of Promise (1938), an autobiography of ideas; The Unquiet Grave (1944), a potpourri of critical commentaries, quotations, and aphorisms; The Condemned Playground (1945) and Previous Convictions (1964), both collections of literary essays; and The Modern Movement: 100 Key Books From England, France, and America, 1880–1950 (1965).

See biography by C. Fisher (1995); D. Pryce-Jones, Cyril Connolly: Journal and Memoir (1983); M. Shelden, Friends of Promise: Cyril Connolly and the World of Horizon (1989).

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Cyril Connolly: Selected full-text books and articles

The Golden Horizon By Cyril Connolly Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1953
Previous Convictions By Cyril Connolly Harper & Row, 1963
War like a Wasp: The Lost Decade of the 'Forties By Andrew Sinclair Hamish Hamilton, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of Cyril Connolly in multiple chapters
An Artificial Wilderness: Essays on 20th-Century Literature By Sven Birkerts David R. Godine, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "Cyril Connolly" begins on p. 305
Encounters: An Anthology from the First Ten Years of Encounter Magazine By Stephen Spender; Melvin Lasky J.; Irving Kristol Basic Books, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "Cyril Connolly: Shade Those Laurels" begins on p. 429 and "Cyril Connolly: A Thought from Propertius" begins on p. 527
In Search of Cyril Connolly's Generation By Hills, C. A. R Contemporary Review, Vol. 279, No. 1626, July 2001
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