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Cyril Connolly

(1903—1974) writer and literary reviewer


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(1903–74),

was for many years a weekly reviewer for the Sunday Times. In 1939, with Spender, he founded Horizon. His only novel, The Rock Pool (Paris, 1936; London, 1947), is a satiric extravaganza describing the adventures of an artistic expatriate colony on the French Riviera. His works include Enemies of Promise (1938), critical essays; The Unquiet Grave (1944), published under the pseudonym of Palinurus, which consists of aphorisms, reflections, etc.; and various collections of essays. Connolly's favourite themes include the dangers of early success and the hazardous lure of literary immortality, but he also celebrated the ephemeral pleasure of food, wine, and travel.

Subjects: Literature.


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