Friends of Promise: Cyril Connolly and the World of Horizon

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This book about Cyril Connolly and the magazine "Horizon", is full of literary and social characters such as T.S.Eliot, Evelyn Waugh, Stephen Spender, Nancy Mitford, Brian Howard and George Orwell.

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Born in 1951, Michael Shelden grew up in the American Middle West. His essays and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of journals and periodicals, including the Times Literary Supplement. Friends of Promise was his first book and he subsequently went on to write acclaimed biographies of Graham Greene and George Orwell.

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During the 1940s, the London-based literary review Horizon introduced a brilliant and eclectic group of European and American writers to war-torn Britain. Amazingly, despite air raids, paper rationing, and the material deprivations of postwar life, Horizon thrived; its monthly issues appeared almost without fail from 1939 to 1949. The review owed its success largely to Cyril Connolly, gifted essayist and well-known bon vivant, under whose imaginative editorship Horizon published works by Auden, Sartre, Orwell, Dylan Thomas, and many others. This absorbing account skillfully re-creates the literary world of the period, focusing on the lives of Connolly and Peter Watson, Horizon's wealthy patron and publisher. Sheldon enlivens his portraits with extensive quotations from letters and personal interviews. Highly recommended for collections strong in 20th-century British literature.
- Christine Stenstrom, New York Law Sch. Lib.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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