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Kathleen and Christopher: Christopher Isherwood's Letters to His Mother

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Opening a window into the most fascinating and, in many ways, most mysterious period in Christopher Isherwood’s life, Kathleen and Christopher collects more than one hundred previously unpublished letters the young author wrote to his mother between 1935 and 1940. Composed while he was still a struggling writer, they offer a brilliant eyewitness account of Europe on the br ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 15th 2005 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 2005)
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Maria
Dec 04, 2009 Maria rated it liked it
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These letters flesh out -- and add more nuance -- to what we know about Isherwood's relationship to his mother through his own memoirs and diaries. I found this passage -- about the changing nature of the parent-child relationship when one reaches adulthood -- particularly poignant ---

"Life seems to have gone by in a moment. How does yours seem to you? I wish we were together and could talk -- because now I don't feel that you are any particular age, or that I am any particular age. Or even, esp
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Travis
Jul 14, 2007 Travis rated it really liked it
I would have given this book 5 stars, but it was too short - only covering the years 1933-39. It offered some interesting insights into Isherwood's relationship with his mother (and his friends/travelling partners), but the letters are best used as supporting documents in a larger biography. The story they tell is incomplete at best and editor Lisa Colletta's notes leave a bit to be desired.
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Christopher Isherwood was a novelist, playwright, screen-writer, autobiographer, and diarist. He was also homosexual and made this a theme of some of his writing. He was born near Manchester in the north of England in 1904, became a U.S. citizen in 1946, and died at home in Santa Monica, California in January 1986.

Isherwood was the grandson and heir of a country squire, and his boyhood was privile
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