Enemies of Promise.London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, 1938 Stock Code: 106756
First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket. "Connolly made a surer reputation than with his debut novel The Rock Pool (1936) with Enemies of Promise (1938). This work is part literary criticism, part general observations on the life of the writer, part childhood autobiography, part astute assessment of the precocity forced on English children by public schools. It is given unity by its enquiry into how 'to write a book that will hold good for ten years afterwards'. It is almost universally recognised as having anatomised this complex subject brilliantly" (ODNB).
Octavo. Original black cloth, gilt lettered spine. With the dust jacket.
Bottom corners of boards slightly discoloured, faint spotting to endpapers and endleaves. An excellent copy in a jacket with toned spine panel and tiny closed tear with tape repair to the verso.
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