Enemies of Promise

ISBN-10: 0226115046

ISBN-13: 9780226115047

Edition: 2008

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Description: "Whom the gods wish to destroy," writes Cyril Connolly, "they first call promising." First published in 1938 and long out of print, "Enemies of Promise," an "inquiry into the problem of how to write a book that lasts ten years," tests the boundaries of criticism, journalism, and autobiography with the blistering prose that became Connolly's trademark. Connolly here confronts the evils of domesticity, politics, drink, and advertising as well as novelists such as Joyce, Proust, Hemingway, and Faulkner in essays that remain fresh and penetrating to this day. "A fine critic, compulsive traveler, and candid autobiographer. . . . [Connolly] lays down the law for all writers who wanted to count. . . . He had imagination and decisive images flashed with the speed of wit in his mind."--V. S. Pritchett, "New York"" Review of Books" " " "Anyone who writes, or wants to write, will find something on just about every single page that either endorses a long-held prejudice or outrages, and that makes it a pretty compelling read. . . . You end up muttering back at just about every ornately constructed pensee that Connolly utters, but that's one of the joys of this book."--Nick Hornby, "The Believer" "A remarkable book."--Anthony Powell

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Cyril Vernon Connolly (10 September 1903 - 26 November 1974) was an English intellectual, literary critic and writer.� �Works The Rock Pool, 1935 (fiction) Enemies of Promise, 1938 The Unquiet Grave, 1944 The Condemned Playground, 1945 (collection) The Missing Diplomats, 1952 The Golden Horizon 1953 (ed., compilation from Horizon) Les Pavillons: French Pavilions of the Eighteenth Century,1962 (with Jerome Zerbe) Previous Convictions, 1963 (collection) The Modern Movement: 100 Key Books From England, France, and America, 1880-1950, 1965 The Evening Colonnade 1973 (collection) A Romantic Friendship, 1975 (letters to Noel Blakiston) Cyril Connolly: Journal and Memoir, 1983 (Edited by D. Pryce-Jones) Shade Those Laurels, 1990 (fiction, completed by Peter Levi) The Selected Works of Cyril Connolly, 2002 (edited by Matthew Connolly) Volume One: The Modern Movement: Volume Two: The Two Natures

Foreword
Introduction
Predicament
The Next Ten Years
The Mandarin Dialect
The Challenge to the Mandarins
The Modern Movement
Anatomy of Dandyism
A Beast in View
The New Mandarins
The New Vernacular
The Cool Element of Prose
The Charlock's Shade
The Blighted Rye
The Blue Bugloss
The Thistles
The Poppies
The Charlock's Shade
The Slimy Mallows
Outlook Unsettled
A Georgian Boyhood
Credentials
The Branching Ogham
White Samite
Dark Ages
Renaissance
The Background of the Lilies
Glittering Prizes
Vale
Index
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