What we like doing best

Ten years after the threats of dictators and rumours of wars which toll through the opening and closing paragraphs of Enemies of Promise, the knell is heard again and when this reprint appears my subject may seem as trivial and superficial as in that terrible Munich week. But we must go on doing what we like doing best as if it were the illusions of humanism which were real and the realities of nihilism that prove a nightmare. ā€œIl faut tenter de vivreā€ ā€” we must try to live and that for many of us means we must try to write, and very difficult it is.

Cyril Connolly, introduction to the revised edition of Enemies of Promise (1948)

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