Cyril Connolly was born in Coventry in September 1903. He was educated at St Cyrprian’s School in Eastbourne where he enjoyed the company of George Orwell and Cecil Beaton. Connolly went on to study at Eton and then Balliol College, Oxford. A regular contributor to the New Statesmen, he became the editor of the influential literary magazine Horizon between 1940 and 1949 with Stephen Spender and later took the position of Literary Editor of the Observer.
Connolly’s books include the novel The Rock Pool, the autobiographical Enemies of Promise and The Unquiet Grave, a collection of essays. After the Second World War Connolly was the principal book reviewer for the Sunday Times. He also published several other books including The Condemned Playground, Previous Convictions and Modern Movement.
He died in November 1974.