Cyril Connolly: A Life

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"`In one of tje funniest biographies I have ever read, Lewis assembles all the excellently entertaining anecdotes about this deeply loved, much mocked, sometimes reviled figure whose departure has robbed the litarary world of its social smartness and any worthwhile eccentricity . . . An excellent, wildly funny and informative biography. `Auberon Waugh, Literary Review. Precociously brilliant in his youth, Cyril Connolly was haunted for the rest of his life by a sense of failure and a romatic yearning to recover a lost Eden. His two great books, The Unquiet Grave and Enemies of Promise, are classics of English prose, combining wit, romanticism and merciless self-knowledge. As witty in person as he as in his prose, he was notoriously slothful and greedy; he was married three times, abd his dealings with women were bedevilled by a lifelong tendency to be in love with two or more people at once."

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In his vast biography of the literary critic, Lewis, former deputy editor of London Magazine, writes with the perfectionism of a skilled cultural historian and the bloodlust of a tabloid gossip ... Read full review

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Connolly (1903-74) knew everyone, made influential friends (e.g., George Orwell) and enemies (e.g., Virginia Woolf), and shaped English literary taste with his magazine, Horizon. For this full-length ... Read full review


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Jeremy Lewis worked in publishing for much of his life after leaving Trinity College, Dublin, in 1965; he was a director of Chatto & Windus for ten years, and a deputy editor of theLondon Magazine from 1990 to 1994. He has written two volumes of autobiography,Playing for Time and Kindred Spirits, and edited The Chatto Book of Office Life.A Committee Member of the R.S. Surtees Society and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he is married with two daughters, and lives near Richmond Park.

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