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The Christopher Isherwood collection contains two typed transcripts of interviews with Christopher Isherwood by Robert Wennersten, with note and pencil corrections by Isherwood. In the interviews Isherwood discusses his work, his homosexuality, and his interest in Eastern philosophy. Included are references to his friends, Stephen Spender, W. H. Auden, Chester Kallman and E. M. Forster. Later published in a magazine, these interviews date from September and October 1971.
Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was a British novelist who wrote Sally Bowles and Mr. Norris among other works, and Goodbye to Berlin on which the musical Cabaret is based. Isherwood was born into a middle-class family (to Frank and Kathleen Bradshaw-Isherwood), and raised at High Lane, Cheshire. He attended a public school, then went to Cambridge University but did not graduate. Soon after his departure from Cambridge, Isherwood left home and struck out on his own, first living in Berlin and later in America. During World War II Isherwood worked in the American Friends Service because of his status as a conscientious objector. In 1946 he became a United States citizen, settling in Santa Monica, California. Here he worked in films, lectured at the University of California, and wrote books.
Isherwood's works lean heavily on his own personal experiences, and it is this unique tone that gives his books distinction. His writings were influenced by his interest in Indian mysticism, as well as his outspoken support for the gay community.
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Processed by: KJC, 22 October 1991; JEF, 10-19-1998