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Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood (26 August 1904 – 4 January 1986) was an English-American novelist.

 

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An early mentor to poet W. H. Auden, in turn mentored by E. M. Forster, the British colonel’s son moved to Berlin in 1929 to teach English and write, and as a young gay man found the city’s bohemian lifestyle perfect for his tastes.

Article: The Berlin Stories
Source: Slow Travel Berlin

Remember Liza Minelli in the role of Sally Bowles? That character was based on Jean Ross, the young British actress/singer whom Isherwood met in 1930, when he moved into a boarding house at Nollendorfstraße 17, owned by Fräulein Thurau.

Article: Christopher Isherwood’s...
Source: Slow Travel Berlin

Christopher Isherwood is back in vogue. Not that he's ever entirely been out of fashion, of course, thanks to the ongoing success of the various revivals of Cabaret the musical, but the author himself, unencumbered by memories of Weimar nightclub chanteuse Sally Bowles in suspenders and bowler hat, seems to have been firmly rediscovered in the last couple of years.

Article: Christopher Isherwood: A ...
Source: The Independent

Although Isherwood's own original film scripts had little critical or commercial success, his novel collection 'The Berlin Stories' provided the basis for the musical and film 'Cabaret', which won eight Oscars. The 2009 film adaptation of his 1964 novel 'A Single Man' received three Golden Globe nominations and an Academy Award nomination.

Article: Monitor | Christopher Ish...
Source: BBC

…Isherwood uses the materials of journalism to fashion what is always beyond the reach of journalism—an account of essential and representative current experience, felt as direct confrontation and emerging as literature.

Article: On Christopher Isherwood
Source: The Kenyon Review

These diary entries were not intended for publication - or even, incidentally, for Bachardy's eyes, though Isherwood imagines his partner reading them on his death. His lover frets over their contents but Isherwood instructs him, half-jokingly, to 'burn them'. The long-term impact of their publication on Isherwood's reputation remains uncertain.

Article: Literary Review - Richard...
Source: Literary Review

Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood was born in Cheshire, England, on August 26, 1904. [...] [His father] Frank Isherwood was in the British military and was required to move his family several times. [His mother] sent Christopher to St. Edmund's boarding school for a proper education in 1914, [where] he met W. H. Auden, who was to become a life-long friend and co-author of several books and plays. The death of Isherwood's father on May 8, 1915, during a battle in France deeply affected him, not only in his perspective of his father and how he would relate to his mother, but in his attitude towards the military and war itself.

Article: Christopher Isherwood: An...
Source: University of Texas Libra...

British writer Christopher Isherwood arrived in Los Angeles after a long slow bus ride from New York, where he had emigrated with his friend W.H. Auden. After unforgettably chronicling the underworld of interwar Berlin, Isherwood settled into L.A. with its circle of European émigrés, writers, painters, and spiritual seekers — Aldous Huxley, Truman Capote, David Hockney, and Don Bachardy, who would become Isherwood’s longtime partner after a chance meeting on Valentine’s Day on the beach. Isherwood wrote for Hollywood — and unlike so many novelists, enjoyed it — translated Hindu scripture, hung out at Musso and Frank’s, and captured L.A. in some of his most acclaimed works, A Single Man and Prater Violet.

Article: Zócalo at the Hammer: Ch...
Source: Zócalo at the Hammer: Ch...

Born into the landed gentry Christopher was to become a leading writer of the 1930s generation, a war reporter, a travel writer as well as a monk and part of the gay liberation movement. Isherwood attended Cambridge university in the early 1920s after leaving he published his first book in 1928 known as “All the conspirators”.

Article: Christopher Isherwood
Source: Callum's Corner - Home

Chameleon-like, [Isherwood] was both the self-effacing narrator viewing history with the purported objectivity of a camera eye and a fictional character leading a picaresque existence he would later validate as fact; thus he corroborated Francis Hart's apt observation that "the truism that in autobiography history and fiction are intentionally distinct proves too slippery to hold." Isherwood's novels epitomize the well nigh possible task of separating autobiographical fiction. Indeed, he maintains that his work is all part of an autobiography.

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In 1928 he met Stephen Spender and, together with Auden, they became close friends. His first novel was published and he then went to join Auden in Berlin, his stay being put to good use in writing his two most famous novels, Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin. While in Berlin, his second novel was published and he met Jean Ross, who was to become the model for Sally Bowles in Goodbye to Berlin.

Article: Christopher Isherwood: Bi...
Source: The Modern Novel

All the Conspirators is an autopsy of a malignant family with Isherwood a coroner dissecting "the great malady, horror of one's home" and "Acedia, 'the malady of monks,' that deadly weakness of the will… the root of all evil" that sickens unto death.

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Isherwood was the chief proponent of the theme of conflicted personality, for who could have sounded more divided than the Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood once described by Auden as "a cross between a cavalry major and a rather prim landlady."

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To readers most often, Christopher Isherwood means Berlin, though of course Isherwood was much more than that. Throughout his career, he was a keen observer, always seemingly in the right place at the right time, and he published works in seven decades of the twentieth century. In Berlin in the 1930s and again in Los Angeles in the 19560s and '70s, Isherwood reflected on his life and his world - using his memories and his voluminous diaries - and wrote perceptive commentary on contemporary European and American history and culture.

Article:   ‪Conversations With Chr…
Source:  Offline Book/Journal

Many of his friends claimed that Hollywood ruined his writing, that work in the film studios and life in the continuous sunshine took the edge off his talent, and he did, indeed, wrestle with write's block. However, Isherwood - who always had been a voluntary exile, detached from his surroundings, a camera - learned in the United States to live "intentionally," to invest himself in a purpose, to engage intimately with others, and to create a home.

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