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Where joy resides : a Christopher Isherwood reader
Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Michael di Capua Books : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989.
Physical Description:
xix, 408 pages ; 24 cm
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PR6017.S5 A6 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PR6017.S5 A6 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Christopher Isherwood, born in Cheshire, England, in 1904, wrote both novels and nonfiction. He was a lifelong friend of W.H. Auden and wrote several plays with him, including Dog Beneath the Skin and The Ascent of F6. He lived in Germany from 1928 until 1933 and his writings during this period described the political and social climate of pre-Hitler Germany. Isherwood immigrated to the United States in 1939 and became a U.S. citizen in 1946. He lived in California, working on film scripts and adapting plays for television. The musical Cabaret is based on several of Isherwood's stories and on his play, I Am a Camera. His other works include Mr. Norris Changes Trains, about life in Germany in the early 1930s; Down There on a Visit, an autobiographical novel; and Where Joy Resides, published after his death in 1986.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Isherwood's mercurial, impressionable style, as reflected in this omnibus of his fiction, essays and memoirs, was a perfect vehicle for capturing a generation's loss of innocence and the impact of historical traumas on personal consciousness. Included are two complete novelettes. One, Prater Violet (1945), features witty, expansive Viennese film director Friedrich Bergmann, given to dark, apocalyptic broodings; the other, A Single Man (1964), recounting one day in the life of an unhinged Los Angeles college teacher, combines brutal introspection and precise observations of Americans' ``symbolic'' lifestyles. In perceptive essays, Isherwood calls Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island a ``superpotboiler'' and refutes the notion that Katherine Mansfield was a ``feminine'' writer. Also here are reminiscences of his father, killed in WW I; an account of his friendship with W. H. Auden; and encounters with Swami Prabhavananda, his California guru. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved