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Isherwood on Writing: The Lectures in California

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In the 1960s, Christopher Isherwood gave an unprecedented series of lectures at California universities on the theme “A Writer and His World.” During this time Isherwood, who would liberate the memoir and become the founding father of modern gay writing, spoke openly for the first time about his craft—on writing for film, theater, and novels—and on spirituality. Isherwood ...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published December 28th 2007 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Niya B
The best part of this book is the wonderful introduction of Isherwood as a thinker, not as a writer. The insight into his creative process, the way he moved through the world, how he formed the relationships that influenced his texts...it's less about the art of writing in and of itself, and more about the art of living in order to write. If you are not familiar with Isherwood, it's an excellent way to get to know him as a writer.
Michael Flick
A most excellent series of lectures on writing. Especially good is the discussion of the first-person narrator, which is tricky, to say the least. Also: the difference between theater and film. If you like this, you should let yourself be led to E.M. Forster's "Aspects of the Novel," Isherwood's mentor's thoughts.
Dan
Excellent presentation of Isherwood's lectures. It was a real treat seeing what he had to say about the larger mechanics of writing, as well as the discrete elements of his particular works. Now, I want to go back and reread all his books!
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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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