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Isherwood, Christopher. (1904 - 1986).

L i f e

- emigrated to USA (1939), became an American citizen (1946)

W o r k

- wrote a plain and objective prose fixing an image of observed reality

- eschews an elaborate prosody in favour of an easily assimilated lucidity

- shows tolerance and sympathetic understanding

D r a m a :

- wrote plays in collaboration with W. H. Auden

The Dog Beneath the Skin (1935):

- critically successful

The Ascent of F6 (1936):

- a dramatic parable of power and will

On the Frontier (1938):

- less well-received

F i c t i o n :

Mr Norris Changes Trains (1935) and Goodbye To Berlin (1939):

- novels set in the uncorseted, anything-goes Berlin

- based on his own experience of teaching in Berlin for four years

- cover the period of social and political unrest during the Nazi rise to power

- his Berlin is decadent, economically depressed, and politically volatile x but: artistically exhilarating

Christopher and His Kind (1977):

- a third person study of himself


"I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking."

From Goodbye to Berlin (1939).


(Photo: Carl Van Vechten. 1939. Source: Wikipedia).

  • Author

    Christopher Isherwood. (1904 - 1986). Born British. American citizen since 1946.
  • Work

    Novelist. Playwright. Author of novels set in Berlin.
  • Genres

    Modern novel. Autobiograpy.


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