Cyril Connolly CBE
(1903-1974)

Died aged 71

Cyril Vernon Connolly (10 September 1903 ā€“ 26 November 1974) was an English literary critic and writer. He was the editor of the influential literary magazine Horizon (1940ā€“49) and wrote Enemies of Promise (1938), which combined literary criticism with an autobiographical exploration of why he failed to become the successful author of fiction that he had aspired to be in his youth.

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Cyril Connolly C.B.E. 1903-1974 Eminent Journalist, Critic and Author lived here

48 St Johnā€™s Road, Eastbourne, United Kingdom where they lived

Former pupils include Sir Cecil Beaton 1904-80 Photographer and Designer Cyril Connolly 1903-74 Writer and Journalist Henry C. Longhurst 1909-78 Journalist and M.P. Gavin Maxwell 1914-69 Naturalist George Orwell 1903-50 Eric Blair - Writer

65 Summerdown Road (2), Eastbourne, United Kingdom where they studied

George Orwell 1903-1950 Sir Stephen Spender 1909-1995 wrote for Cyril Connolly's Horizon Magazine based here 1940-1948

Lansdowne Terrace, London, United Kingdom where they worked (1940-1948)