Black and white photograph of English man of letters Cyril Connolly.

Cyril Connolly

(1903 - 1974)

Before entering Eton College, Cyril Connolly attended St. Cyprian’s School with George Orwell. “I was a stage rebel,” he observed, “Orwell a true one.” In Enemies of Promise, published in 1938, Connolly wrote, “Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice.” He served as the editor of the literary magazine Horizon throughout the 1940s and published The Unquiet Grave, a collection of pensées, in 1944. 

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No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.

—Cyril Connolly, 1944


“Whom the gods love dies young,” wrote Menander in the late fourth century BC. “Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising,” Cyril Connolly noted over two millennia later.

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