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Cyril Connolly: A Life [Paperback]

Jeremy Lewis
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7 May 1998
`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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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New Ed edition (7 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712666354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712666350
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A superative biography of one of the key fogures of English literary life in the twentieth century.

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Precociously brilliant in his youth, Cyril Connolly was haunted for the rest of his life by a sense of failure and a romantic 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 was in his prose, he was notoriously slothful and greedy; he was married three times, and his dealings with women were bedeviled by a lifelong tendency to be in love with two or more people at once.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly entertaining biography 9 Feb 2009
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This is the authorised biography of Cyril Connolly and definitely the one to read as it assesses his writing in enough detail as well as covering his life comprehensively. Connolly must have been one of the funniest mid-C20th characters in the world of the arts and Jeremy Lewis helps us laugh with him as well as at him. Perpetually short of money but with advanced tastes in spending it, Connolly's life was a financial and emotional roller-coaster. Many other amusing characters pass through the book inclusing Evelyn Waugh, Stephen Spender, Sligger Urquhart, and the terrifying Barbara Skelton, Connolly's second wife. An outstanding biography.
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