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|Named Person:||Christopher Isherwood; Christopher Isherwood|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Christopher Isherwood; Katherine Bucknell
|ISBN:||9780061180194 006118019X 9780061185007 0061185000|
|Description:||xli, 756 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Christopher Isherwood ; edited and introduced by Katherine Bucknell ; foreword by Christopher Hitchens.|
"The diaries are crammed with wicked gossip and probing psychological insights about the cultural icons of the time - Francis Bacon, Richard Burton, Leslie Caron, Marianne Faithfull, David Hockney, Mick Jagger, Hope Lange, W. Somerset Maugham, John Osborne, Vanessa Redgrave, Tony Richardson, David O. Selznick, Igor Stravinsky, Gore Vidal, and many others. They are most revealing about Isherwood himself - his fiction (including "A Single Man" and "Down There on a Visit"), his film writing, his college teaching, and his affairs of the heart. He moves easily from Beckett to Brando, from arthritis to aggression, from Tennessee Williams to foot powder, from the opening of Cabaret on Broadway (which he skipped) to a close analysis of Gide."
"In the background run references to the political and historical events of the period: the anxieties of the Cold War, Yuri Gagarin's space flight, De Gaulle and Algeria, the eruption of violence in America's inner cities, the Vietnam War, the Summer of Love, the moon landing, and the raising and lowering of hemlines. Isherwood is well known for his prophetic portraits of a morally bankrupt Europe on the eve of World War II; in this unparalleled chronicle, "The Sixties," he turns his fearless eye on the decade which more than any other has shaped the way we live now." -- Book Jacket.