In his own day a formidable man of letters, after his death gradually forgotten, if Cyril Connolly is still remembered it is as the author of

Enemies of Promise

, his study of the problems facing writers, and as the editor of


, the 1940’s literary journal dedicated to preserving culture in the face of war – and also perhaps as a literary personality, the source of anecdotes told by others and epigrammatic comments he made himself, somewhat in the manner of Samuel Johnson.

Connolly was of part-Irish ancestry, though not on his father’s side. His father, Matthew Connolly, came from a long line of English military men, mostly in the navy, and was himself a major in the army, though his real love seemed to be the study of snails, about which he wrote papers and monographs, and one

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Citation: Goldfarb, Sheldon. "Cyril Connolly". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2013 [, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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