Saturday, November 14, 2009

On September 10, 1903, Cyril Connolly was born into an army major's family in Coventry, Warwickshire, England. After graduating from Oxford, he began a writing career, contributing essays and short stories to English periodicals. In 1939 he founded "Horizon" magazine, which had a major influence on the English literary scene. His most celebrated books were collections of essays, including "Enemies of Promise" (1938) and "The Unquiet Grave" (1944).

"The Unquiet Grave" contains two great observations:

"Better to write for yourself and have no public,
than to write for the public and have no self."


"No one can make us hate ourselves like an admirer."

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