London: Horizon, January 1940 - January 1950. 8vo. 20 volumes, 121 issues, (together with the Index to issues 1-108 but without the special number of 1945 'La Littêrature anglaise pendant la guerre') set. Paper bound magazines. Black and white, and occasional colour, plates. The usual light tanning or foxing to the spines of some issues. Contents clean. Near fine. Item #6545
Cyril Connolly's wartime magazine. 'The aim of Horizon is to give to writers a place to express themselves, and to readers the best writing we can obtain. Our standards are aesthetic, and our politics are in abeyance. This will not always be the case, because as events take shape the policy of artists and intellectuals will become clearer, the policy which leads them to economic security, to the atmosphere in which they can create, and to the audience by whom they will be appreciated. At the moment civilization is on the operating table and we sit in the waiting room.' The first issue set a benchmark with contributions from John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, J. B. Priestley, H. E. Bates, Stephen Spender, Herbert Read, Geoffrey Grigson, Walter de la Mare and Frederic Prokosch, with a cover designed by John Piper and reclining figures by Henry Moore.
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