Cyril Connolly: A Life

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Random House, Feb 29, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 672 pages
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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

Contents

About the Author
ILLUSTRATIONS
Cyril Connolly
PREFACE
ONE
TWO
THREE
FOUR
THIRTEEN
FOURTEEN
FIFTEEN
SIXTEEN
SEVENTEEN
EIGHTEEN
NINETEEN
TWENTY

FIVE
SIX
SEVEN
EIGHT
NINE
TEN
ELEVEN
TWELVE
TWENTYONE
TWENTYTWO
TWENTYTHREE
REFERENCES
INDEX
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

A former publisher and the deputy editor of the Oldie, Jeremy Lewis has written three volumes of autobiography and biographies of Cyril Connolly, Tobias Smollett and Allen Lane, the founder of Penguin Books. Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family, was published by Cape in 2010.

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