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Forster, who used the exoticism of far-off places and customs as a stand-in for homoeroticism, Isherwood saw that gayness was his sensibility. His compunction to tell the truth, at least with respect to whom he bedded and wanted to bed, did not necessarily make him a great artist.

He was too short on metaphor and too long on faggy candor—the sly turn of phrase, a nasty view of women—to achieve what W. Auden, his close friend and associate of many years, accomplished in his work: a universal approach to and acceptance of people as they are, or hope to be. The biographer of a copious self-chronicler has a particular burden: the feeling that he might be serving up leftovers. Parker, who in published an excellent biography of the English novelist and memoirist J.

His approach to them was archaeological rather than strictly genealogical, discovering his family within himself. Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood was born in Cheshire, near the large estate of Marple Hall, where his father had been reared. Kathleen, the daughter of a wine merchant, was an inveterate diary keeper, a habit that her son developed early in life.

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But if he could be cruel he was also a wit. The following year, , Frank Isherwood was killed in the trenches at Ypres, and Kathleen set about memorializing him. After St. At Repton, a public school, he developed a strong interest in journal-writing and boys the younger and blonder the better; he had an eye for shapely ankles , which eventually overshadowed his interest in literature. As Parker makes clear, it was a way of repudiating his mother who loved English literature and all women of a similar class and background who worshipped dead war heroes and classic authors.

Timidly and secretly at first, but with passion, with a rage against The Others which possessed him to the marrow of his bones, he rejected their Hero-Father. Such a rejection leads to a much larger one. Kathleen, who had hoped that her son would be a doctor or a don, was commendably tolerant of his chosen career, under the circumstances.

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He recycled the title for his Cambridge memoir. The end too is good. Showing best matches Show all copies. What makes Biblio different? Facebook Instagram Twitter. Sign In Register Help Cart. Cart items. Toggle navigation. Lawrie Books. First Edition. Inscribed by Isherwood and with a handwritten and signed postcard to the inscribee. Grey cloth, faded at the far edges, with silver gilt lettering on the spine. Square and firmly bound with a dark top stain, clean internally. Signed by Author. Signed, Lettered Edition. Leatherbound hardcover in slipcase. One of 26 lettered copies, bound fully in leather, signed by Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy.

This copy is letter G. Clean and bright. Binding strong. Slight shelf wear.

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Lovely copy in near fine condition. Additional photos available upon request. Cloth; dust jacket; 8vo; pp. Warmly and carefully as one white-out correction attests inscribed by the author on the FFEP: "With my best wishes -- for Stuart Oderman, this book, which started out as a brief preface to a selection not yet published from my early U. Christopher Isherwood, June 8, Dust jacket just a little bit rubbed along the edges; else fine.

Near Finr, faint foxing to for edge, in a Near Fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Very Good Hardcover with Dustjacket, signed by Isherwood on title page. Hard Cover. Seller: The Book House - St. Christopher and His Kind, Christopher Isherwood Ships with Tracking Number! Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, Second printing.


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