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Lost years : a memoir, 1945-1951

Author: Christopher Isherwood; Katherine Bucknell
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The English writer Christopher Isherwood settled in California in 1939 and spent the war years working in Hollywood film studios, teaching English to European refugees, and converting to Hinduism. By the time the war ended, he realized he was not cut out to be a monk. With his self-imposed wartime vigil behind him, he careened into a life of frantic socializing, increasing dissipation, anxiety, and, eventually,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Autobiographie 1945-1951
Named Person: Christopher Isherwood; Christopher Isherwood; Christopher Isherwood
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Isherwood; Katherine Bucknell
ISBN: 0061180017 9780061180019
OCLC Number: 44945030
Description: xxxvii, 388 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Christopher Isherwood ; edited and introduced by Katherine Bucknell.
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"The English writer Christopher Isherwood settled in California in 1939 and spent the war years working in Hollywood film studios, teaching English to European refugees, and converting to Hinduism. By the time the war ended, he realized he was not cut out to be a monk. With his self-imposed wartime vigil behind him, he careened into a life of frantic socializing, increasing dissipation, anxiety, and, eventually, despair. For nearly a half decade he all but ceased to write fiction and even abandoned his lifelong habit of keeping a diary." "This is Isherwood's own account, reconstructed from datebooks, letters, and memory nearly thirty years later, of his experience during those missing years: his activities in Santa Monica, and also in New York and London, just after the war. Begun in 1971, in a postsixties atmosphere of liberation, Lost Years includes explicit details of his romantic and sexual relationships during the 1940s and unveils a hidden and sometimes shocking way of life shared with friends and acquaintances - many of whom were well-known artists, actors, and film-makers. Not until the 1951 Broadway success of I Am a Camera, adapted from his Berlin stories, did Isherwood begin to reclaim control of his talents and of his future."--Jacket.

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