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Here is the definitive biography of one of the most exciting, influential, and elusive authors of the twentieth century. Christopher Isherwood’s novels and short stories, including those that inspired the musical Cabaret, have always been assumed to be largely autobiographical.

Based in part on Isherwood’s private papers–unavailable until now–this fascinating book presents
914 pages
Published 2005 by Picador (first published December 7th 2004)
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Noel Hourican
Reasonably well written biography that struggled to make interesting a subject that I eventually (and disappointedly) found to be somewhat dull. I was drawn to the biography by my admiration for the Berlin novels but would suggest that this would be insufficient to retain the interest of readers that are not fans of Isherwood's later work.
Will Schwalbe
This is a wonderful book -- am re-reading it before seeing A SINGLE MAN. Isherwood is my favorite writer -- almost every book of his still affects me as it did when I first discovered him.
Could have used a good editor, at 750 pages its about 25% too long. Isherwood was extremely self analyzing and the author uses that to good effect, but too much of it.
Amazingly exhaustive biography of the writer, but nothing drags.You will be amazed how fast this reads. Good illustrations.
Apr 18, 2008 Eric marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
By the by, it cracks me up that they decided to print this in Times Roman.
This book is so long I will never finish it
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