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Conversations With Christopher Isherwood

Conversations with Christopher Isherwood PDF Book Details:
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781578064083
Size: 58.94 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 201
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Conversations With Christopher Isherwood PDF

by Christopher Isherwood, Conversations With Christopher Isherwood Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Conversations With Christopher Isherwood books, To many readers Christopher Isherwood means Berlin. The author of Goodbye to Berlin (1939), the British Isherwood found fame through the adaptation of that work into the stage play and film I Am a Camera and then into the stage musical and film Cabaret. Throughout his career he was a keen observer, always seemingly in the right place at the right time. Whether in Berlin in the 1930s or in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s, Isherwood (1904--86) reflected on his life and his world and wrote perceptive commentary on contemporary European and American history and culture. His ties to California made him more American than British. "I have spent half my life in the United States," he said. "Los Angeles is a great place for feeling at home because everybody's from someplace else." Isherwood can be credited for helping make L.A. an acceptable setting for serious fiction, paving the way for John Rechy, Joan Didion, Paul Monette, and Bernard Cooper, among others. The interviews in this volume--two of which have never before been published--stretch over a period of forty years. They address a wide range of topics, including the importance of diary-keeping to his life and work; the interplay between fiction and autobiography; his turning from Christianity to Hinduism; his circle of friends, including W. H. Auden, Aldous Huxley, and E. M. Forster; several important places in his life--Berlin, England, and California; and his homosexual identity. These interviews are substantive, smart, and insightful, allowing the author to discuss his approach to writing of both fiction and nonfiction. "More and more," he explains, "writing is appearing to me as a kind of self-analysis, a finding-out of something about myself and about the past and about what life is like, as far as I'm concerned: who I am, who these people are, what it's all about." This emphasis on self-discovery comes as no surprise from a writer who mined his own diaries and experiences for inspiration. As an interviewee, Isherwood is introspective, thoughtful, and humorous. James J. Berg is the program director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Chris Freeman is an assistant professor of English at St. John's University. Berg and Freeman are editors of The Isherwood Century: Essays on the Life and Work of Christopher Isherwood, which was a finalist for the 2001 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Studies.


Christopher And His Kind

Christopher and His Kind PDF Book Details:
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Publisher: North Point Press
ISBN: 1466853298
Size: 69.93 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 494
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Christopher And His Kind PDF

by Christopher Isherwood, Christopher And His Kind Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Christopher And His Kind books, 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 spend 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 rendered portrait of a decade in the life of a major writer.


The Berlin Novels

The Berlin Novels PDF Book Details:
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448113385
Size: 14.18 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 512
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The Berlin Novels PDF

by Christopher Isherwood, The Berlin Novels Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Berlin Novels books, Christopher Isherwood gives fascinating insight into pre-war Berlin. MR NORRIS CHANGES TRAINS The first of Christopher Isherwood's classic 'Berlin' novels, this portrays the encounter and growing friendship between young William Bradshaw and the urbane and mildly sinister Mr Norris. Piquant, witty and oblique, it vividly evokes the atmosphere of pre-war Berlin, and forcefully conveys an ironic political parable. GOODBYE TO BERLIN The inspiration for the film Cabaret and for the play I Am a Camera, this novel remains one of the most powerful of the century, a haunting evocation of the gathering storm of the Nazi terror. Told in a series of wry, detached and impressionistic vignettes, it is an unforgettable portrait of bohemian Berlin, a city and a world on the very brink of ruin.


Lions And Shadows

Lions and Shadows PDF Book Details:
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374187703
Size: 17.94 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 320
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Lions And Shadows PDF

by Christopher Isherwood, Lions And Shadows Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Lions And Shadows books, A witty, appealing, and often outrageous portrait of some of the twentieth century's most influential and creative minds Subtitled "An Education in the Twenties," Lions and Shadows blends autobiography and fiction to describe the inner life of a writer evolving from precocious schoolboy to Cambridge dropout-at-large in London's bohemia. It contains thinly veiled portraits of Christopher Isherwood's contemporaries W. H. Auden, Edward Upward, and Stephen Spender, whose intimate friendships and cult of rebellion shaped the literary identity of England in the 1930s. Witty and outrageous, Isherwood pokes fun at the stars of his generation, above all himself, even as he testifies to their unique early gifts.


The Berlin Stories

The Berlin Stories PDF Book Details:
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811218047
Size: 18.61 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 398
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The Berlin Stories PDF

by Christopher Isherwood, The Berlin Stories Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Berlin Stories books, A two-in-one volume containing the works The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin finds the characters of Sally Bowles, Fräulein Schroeder, and the doomed Landauers caught up by the nightlife, danger, and mystique of 1931 Berlin. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.


Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood PDF Book Details:
Author: David Garrett Izzo
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781570034039
Size: 31.22 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 288
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Christopher Isherwood PDF

by David Garrett Izzo, Christopher Isherwood Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Christopher Isherwood books, The first thorough examination of Isherwood's work and life in twenty years, Izzo's analysis brings into play the Mortmere stories, by Isherwood and Edward Upward (dating from the 1920s but published only in 1994), and the Diaries, 1939-1960, published in 1996, to reposition Isherwood within a circle of British writers that included - besides Upward - W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Cecil Day Lewis.


A Single Man

A Single Man PDF Book Details:
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466853344
Size: 25.54 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 192
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A Single Man PDF

by Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download A Single Man books, Welcome to sunny suburban 1960s Southern California. George is a gay middle-aged English professor, adjusting to solitude after the tragic death of his young partner. He is determined to persist in the routines of his former life. A Single Man follows him over the course of an ordinary twenty-four hours. Behind his British reserve, tides of grief, rage, and loneliness surge—but what is revealed is a man who loves being alive despite all the everyday injustices. When Christopher Isherwood's A Single Man first appeared, it shocked many with its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in maturity. Isherwood's favorite of his own novels, it now stands as a classic lyric meditation on life as an outsider.


The Memorial

The Memorial PDF Book Details:
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466853328
Size: 68.82 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 296
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The Memorial PDF

by Christopher Isherwood, The Memorial Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Memorial books, With The Memorial, Christopher Isherwood began his lifelong work of rewriting his own experiences into witty yet almost forensic portraits of modern society. Set in the aftermath of World War I, The Memorial portrays the dissolution of a tradition-bound English family. Cambridge student Eric Vernon finds himself torn between his desire to emulate his heroic father, who led a life of quiet sacrifice before dying in the war, and his envy for his father's great friend Edward Blake, who survived the war only to throw himself into gay life in Berlin and the pursuit of meaningless relationships. Published in 1932, when Isherwood was twenty-eight years old, The Memorial is the immediate precursor to the first volume of the famous Berlin Stories, but it stand in its own right as the first book in which Isherwood really found his literary voice.


October

October PDF Book Details:
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Publisher: London : Methuen
ISBN:
Size: 14.68 MB
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Category : Authors, English
Languages : en
Pages : 85
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October PDF

by Christopher Isherwood, October Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download October books,


Down There On A Visit

Down There on a Visit PDF Book Details:
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466853336
Size: 54.21 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 322
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Down There On A Visit PDF

by Christopher Isherwood, Down There On A Visit Books available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Down There On A Visit books, Consisting of four accounts of encounters with four male characters, each of them visited by a different Christopher Isherwood, and each set in a different time and place—Berlin in the 1920s (overlapping the time period of the Berlin Stories), the Greek Isles in the early 1930s, London in the late 1930s and California in 1940—this acclaimed novel explores Isherwood's fundamental concerns with the choice of a way of life, and its implications for love, sex, spirituality and self-fulfillment. Published in 1959, when Isherwood had already become something of a literary rock star, Down There on a Visit is a very funny but also sad and deeply personal book that charts Isherwood's life of carnal indulgence and his first interlude with what would become a serious involvement with Eastern mysticism.