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Paradoxy of Modernism$
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Robert Scholes

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108200

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108200.001.0001

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Iridescent Mediocrity: Dornford Yates and Others

Iridescent Mediocrity: Dornford Yates and Others

(p.162) 6 Iridescent Mediocrity: Dornford Yates and Others
Paradoxy of Modernism

Robert Scholes

Yale University Press

This chapter examines why Cyril Connolly, a writer so committed to the high modernist enterprise, endorsed Dornford Yates—a writer of modest ambitions who was also truculently anti-high-modernist in his views, which are aired in a number of his works, usually in connection with the visual arts. It suggests that Connolly recognized that Yates' books had an appeal of their own, particularly to a class that was not comfortable with the changes modernity had brought to their world and liked to be reminded of the things they believed they were losing.

Keywords:   Cyril Connolly, modernism, Dornford Yates, modernity, modernists

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