Long-Time Partner of Don Bachardy)
[1904 - 1986]
Christopher and His Kind: 1929 - 1939
Christopher and His Kind is an intriguing slice
of autobiography. It covers ten years in the writer's life-from 1929, when
Isherwood left England to sp a week in Berlin and decided to stay there
indefinitely, to the beginning of 1939, when he arrived in New York to start a
life in the States.
The book revealingly contrasts fact with fiction-the real people Isherwood met
in Germany with the portraits of them in his two Berlin novels, who then
appeared again, fictionalized to an even greater degree, in I Am a Camera
and Cabaret. But one does not need to be familiar with his body
of work to appreciate the powerful and compelling story he tells here.
Isherwood left Berlin in 1933, after Hitler came to power. For the next four
years, he wandered around Europe-through Greece, Spain, Portugal, Denmark,
Holland, Belgium, and France-with a German boy named Heinz.
The characters in the book include W.H. Auden,
Stephen Sper, and E.M. Forster as well as
the literary circles of Somerset Maugham and
Virginia Woolf. Chronicling German refugees and the British colony in
Portugal, the Group Theatre company (which performed the three Auden-Isherwood
plays) and the film studio where he worked and which he used as the setting
for Prater Violet, Christopher and His Kind is an engrossing and
powerfully rered portrait of a decade in the life of a major writer.
Kathleen and Frank:
Christopher Isherwood's Letters to his Mother
The Condor and the Cows
Lions and Shadows:
An Education in the Twenties
(1994) with Edward Upward
Although legendary in literary and academic
circles, these sometimes gothic, sometimes grotesque, and often hilarious
stories are published here for the first time. Christopher Isherwood and his
old school friend, Edward Upward, were Cambridge undergraduates in the early
1920s when they engaged in a literary attack on the dons and the poshocracy""
the fashionable and wealthy students. The stories are important milestones,
offering a glimpse of the initial literary styles of two authors who later
became famous - the meticulous, experimental, intellectually rigorous Upward,
and the prodigiously talented Isherwood creating an extraordinary world in an
(1981) with Don Bachardy
Frankenstein: The True Story
(1973) with Don Bachardy
A Meeting by the River
When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many
by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife.
George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden
death of his partner, and determines to persist in the routines of his daily
life; the course of A Single Man spans twenty-four hours in an ordinary day.
An Englishman and a professor living in suburban Southern California, he is an
outsider in every way, and his internal reflections and interactions with
others reveal a man who loves being alive despite everyday injustices and
loneliness. Wry, suddenly manic, constantly funny, surprisingly sad, this
novel catches the texture of life itself.
A Single Man
Down There on a Visit
The World in the Evening
The Last of Mr. Norris (1952)
Originally published in 1945, Prater Violet is a stingingly
satirical novel about the film industry. It centers around the production of
the vacuous fictional melodrama Prater Violet, set in nineteenth-century
Vienna, providing ironic counterpoint to tragic events as Hitler annexes the
real Vienna of the 1930s. The novel features the vivid portraits of imperious,
passionate, and witty Austrian director Friedrich Bergmann and his disciple, a
genial young screenwriter-the fictionalized Christopher Isherwood.
The Berlin Stories
First published in the 1930s, The Berlin Stories contains two
astonishing related novels, The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to
Berlin, which are recognized today as classics of modern fiction.
Isherwood magnificently captures 1931 Berlin: charming, with its avenues and
cafés; marvelously grotesque, with its nightlife and dreamers; dangerous, with
its vice and intrigue; powerful and seedy, with its mobs and millionaires—this
is the period when Hitler was beginning his move to power. The Berlin
Stories is inhabited by a wealth of characters: the unforgettable Sally
Bowles, whose misadventures in the demimonde were popularized on the American
stage and screen by Julie Harris in I Am A Camera and Liza Minnelli in
Cabaret; Mr. Norris, the improbable old debauchee mysteriously caught
between the Nazis and the Communists; plump Fräulein Schroeder, who thinks an
operation to reduce the scale of her Büste might relieve her heart
palpitations; and the distinguished and doomed Jewish family, the Landauers.
Goodbye to Berlin
Mr. Norris Changes Trains
First published in 1933, the novel portrays a series of encounters in Berlin
between the narrator and the camp and mildly sinister Mr. Norris. Evoking the
atmosphere in Berlin during the rise of the Nazis, the novel has achieved the
status of a modern classic.
The Memorial: Portrait of a Family
Jacob's Hands: A Fable
Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood
Jacob Ericson is a quiet, kind, and somewhat simple man
who works as a ranch hand for crotchety Professor Carter and his crippled
daughter, Sharon, in California's Mojave Desert in the 1920s. Jacob is a good
man, genuine, honorable, but hardly extraordinary--until he miraculously heals
a dying calf with his hands.
However, while he is content to cure the town's animals, it isn't long before
he is persuaded to use his gift in other ways. When Sharon, whom he adores,
begs him to heal her leg, he cannot deny her.
His acquiescence causes them both to be exploited. Sharon runs away to Los
Angeles to pursue her dreams of stardom. Jacob follows her, hopeful that they
will meet again. And they do--as miserable performers in a seedy stage show.
While they plan their escape from the dreary stage life, Jacob is asked to
heal a self-absorbed young millionaire. And with his assent, Jacob's plans,
and all of his dreams, begin to crumble.
Written in tight, vivid, and seamlessly crafted prose, this previously
unpublished tale by two of the greatest storytellers of the twentieth century
shows the dangers a magical gift holds for even the noblest of characters.
All the Conspirators
Isherwood on Writing: The Lectures in California
(2007) by Claude J. Summers,
Christopher Isherwood, and
James J. Berg
Queer Times: Christopher Isherwood's Modernity
(2006) by Jamie M. Carr
Christopher Isherwood Encyclopedia
by David Garrett
Authorized Biography of Christopher Isherwood
Christopher Isherwood: His Era, His Gang, and the Legacy of the Truly Strong Man
by David Garrett Izzo (2001)
Conversations With Christopher Isherwood
James J. Berg,
Lost Years: A Memoir 1945 - 1951
(2000), Katherine Bucknell, ed.
The Isherwood Century: Essays on the Life and Work of Christopher Isherwood
James J. Berg,
The Repton Letters
Diaries (1939 - 1960)
(1996), Katherine Bucknell, ed.
Christopher Isherwood's Commonplace Book: Being Some Quotations Christopher Isherwood Gathered and Recorded During His Lfetime
Last Drawings of Christopher Isherwood
Don Bachardy, John Russell,
and Stephen Spender
Where Joy Resides: An Isherwood Reader
Don Bachardy and James P.
Christopher Isherwood: A Bibliography of His Personal Papers
by James White and William H. White
Christopher Isherwood: A Personal Memoir
by John Lehmann
Letters to Christopher: Stephen Spender's Letters to Christopher Isherwood, 1929-39
People One Ought to Know
A collection of eighteen illustrated poems about a variety of
animals with some particularly human characteristics.
Christopher Isherwood: A Critical Biography
(1979) by Brian Finney
Isherwood: A Biography of Christopher Isherwood
(1977) by Jonathan Fryer
(1970) by Carolyn G. Heilbrun
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