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Cyril Connolly: A Life
by Jeremy Lewis
`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. Pr ...more
ebook, 672 pages
Published February 29th 2012 by Vintage Digital
(first published 1997)
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Cyril Connolly is a little known character now, but he was one of the bright young things, went to Eton and Oxford. He was at school with Orwell, at Oxford with Evelyn Waugh; friends with Auden, Isherwood, Bowra, Brian Howard, Nancy Mitford, Betjeman, Ian Fleming, Kenneth Clark (snr), Eliot and many others. This review will encompass a gay James Bond spoof and the nature of reviewing. Connolly spent much of his life writing reviews for national newspapers (in the 1940s for his own magazine Horiz ...more
Connolly seems always to have been regarded- both by those of his generation and by their successors- as someone either to be loved or hated. From this biography, my view is that he is more to be pitied than censured; endowed with considerable talent, Connolly evidently felt as though he never achieved the true greatness he ought to have. Nonetheless, what he did produce is often fascinating and well worth reading. We read in this book of the lassitudes and hardships that punctuated Connolly's l ...more