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Encyclopedia > Christopher Isherwood
Christopher Isherwood (left) and W.H. Auden (right), photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1939
Christopher Isherwood (left) and W.H. Auden (right), photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1939

Christopher Isherwood (prior to 1946 Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood) (August 26, 1904January 4, 1986), Anglo-American novelist, was born in the ancestral seat of his family, Wybersley Hall, High Lane, in the north west of England. The son of landed gentry, his army officer father was killed in the First World War. Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden photographed by Carl Van Vechten, February 6, 1939 From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain: http://memory. ... Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden photographed by Carl Van Vechten, February 6, 1939 From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain: http://memory. ... Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1939 Wystan Hugh Auden (February 21, 1907–September 29, 1973) was an English poet. ... Photographic self-portrait by Carl Van Vechten, 1934 Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 – December 21, 1964) was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Wybersley Hall is a large house dating from the sixteenth century, and situated near the hamlet of Turf Lea near Stockport, Manchester, UK. Now in private ownership, Wybersley Hall was formerly the home of eldest sons of the Bradshaw family. ... High Lane is a village in the metropolitan borough of Stockport in Greater Manchester, in North West England. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid... In Great Britain and Ireland, and especially in England, gentry was a term used from the late 16th century onwards to refer to people of good social standing. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ...


At school he met W. H. Auden who became his lifelong friend. He later studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he met Stephen Spender who was at Oxford University with Auden. Rejecting his upper-class background and attracted to men, he moved to Berlin, the capital of the young Weimar Republic, drawn by its deserved reputation for sexual freedom. He worked as private tutor while writing the novel Mr. Norris Changes Trains and a series of short stories collected under the title Goodbye to Berlin. These provided the inspiration for the play I Am a Camera and the subsequent musical Cabaret. A memorial plaque to Isherwood has been erected on the house in Schöneberg, Berlin where he lived. In September 1931 the poet William Plomer introduced him to E.M. Forster; they became close and Forster served as a mentor to the young writer. Christopher Isherwood (left) and W.H. Auden (right), photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1939 Wystan Hugh Auden (February 21, 1907 – September 29, 1973) was an English poet, often cited as one of the most influential of the 20th century. ... Full name The College of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary in Cambridge Motto There is a toast, Floreat antiqua domus (May the old house flourish), from which the colleges nickname, Old House, is derived Named after The citys Guilds of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin... The University of Cambridge (often called Cambridge University), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... Sir Stephen Harold Spender (February 28, 1909 – July 16, 1995) was an English poet and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... For other uses, see Berlin (disambiguation). ... Flag of Germany, 1919–1933 This article outlines political events from 1918 until the collapse of the Republic in 1933. ... Goodbye to Berlin is a short novel by Christopher Isherwood. ... I Am a Camera was a play by John Van Druten, inspired by Christopher Isherwoods The Berlin Stories, which in turn went on to inspire the musical and film Cabaret. ... Cabaret is a 1966 Broadway musical, based on John Van Drutens play I Am a Camera, based in its turn on stories by Christopher Isherwood, with book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, produced and directed by Hal Prince and starring Bert Convy... Schöneberg is a district of Berlin. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... William Charles Franklyn Plomer (he pronounced the surname as ploomer) (1903 - 1973) was a South African author, known as a novelist, poet and literary editor. ... Edward Morgan Forster (January 1, 1879 - June 7, 1970) was an English novelist. ...


Auden and Isherwood travelled first to China in 1938, then emigrated to the United States in 1939. Isherwood settled in California where he embraced Hinduism. Together with Swami Prabhavananda he produced several Hindu scriptural translations, Vedanta essays, the biography Ramakrishna and his Followers, and novels, plays and screenplays, all imbued with themes and characters of Vedanta, karma, reincarnation and the Upanishadic quest. 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq. ... Hinduism {Sanskrit - HindÅ« Dharma, also known as Sanātana (eternal) Dharma and Vaidika (of the Vedas) Dharma} is the religion based on the Vedas as well as other traditional scriptures and beliefs. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Vedanta (Vedānta, वेदान्त, pronounced as ) means the anta or culmination or essence of the Vedas. ... Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa (February 18, 1836 - August 16, 1886) was a Bengali religious leader. ... Vedanta (Vedānta, वेदान्त, pronounced as ) means the anta or culmination or essence of the Vedas. ... The Upanishads (उपनिषद्, Upanişad) are part of the Hindu Shruti scriptures which primarily discuss meditation and philosophy and are seen as religious instructions by most schools of Hinduism. ...


Arriving in Hollywood in 1939, he first met Gerald Heard, the mystic-historian who founded his own monastery at Trabuco Canyon that was eventually gifted to the Vedanta Society. Through Heard, who was the first to discover Swami Prabhavananda and Vedanta, Isherwood joined an extraordinary band of mystic explorers that included Aldous Huxley, Bertrand Russell, Chris Wood, John Yale and J. Krishnamurti. Through Huxley, Isherwood befriended the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. Henry Fitzgerald Heard commonly called Gerald Heard (October 6, 1889 - August 14, 1971) was an historian, science writer, educator, and philosopher. ... The Vedanta Society is a branch of the Ramakrishna Mission. ... Swami Prabhavananda was one of the senior monks at the Vedanta Society of Southern California. ... Vedanta (Vedānta, वेदान्त, pronounced as ) means the anta or culmination or essence of the Vedas. ... Aldous Leonard Huxley (pronounced ) (July 26, 1894 – November 22, 1963) was a British writer who emigrated to the United States. ... Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970), was a British philosopher, logician, and mathematician, working mostly in the 20th century. ... Christopher Barry Wood is the Pasadena, California-born bass player for the avant-garde jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. ... Jiddu Krishnamurti (జిడ్డు కృష్ణమూర్తి in Telugu) (May 12, 1895 Madanapalle, India–February 17, 1986 Ojai, California), often written as J. Krishnamurti, was discovered, in 1909, as a teenager by C.W. Leadbeater in India on the private beach at the Theosophical headquarters at Adyar in Chennai. ... Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (Russian: И́горь Фёдорович Страви́нский Igor Fjodorovič Stravinskij) (June 17, 1882 – April 6, 1971) was a Russian-born composer of modern classical music. ...


Isherwood became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1946. Naturalization is the process whereby a person becomes a national of a nation, or a citizen of a country, other than the one of his birth. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ...


From 1953 until his death, Isherwood lived with his life partner, the portrait artist Don Bachardy. Isherwood died in Santa Monica, California. Don Bachardy (born May 18, 1934), is a noted portrait artist. ... Santa Monica beach and pier Santa Monica Pier entrance Santa Monica is a coastal city in western Los Angeles County, California, USA. It borders Santa Monica Bay (part of the Pacific Ocean) on the west, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood on the north, West Los Angeles and Mar Vista on the...


Further reading

  • Norman Page. Auden and Isherwood: The Berlin Years (2000)
  • Peter Parker "Isherwood: the Biography" (2004)
  • Christopher Isherwood. All the Conspirators, 1928.
  • Christopher Isherwood. The Memorial, 1932.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Mr Norris Changes Trains, 1935.
  • Christopher Isherwood. The Dog beneath the skin, 1935.
  • Christopher Isherwood. The Ascent of F6, 1937.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Sally Bowles, 1937.
  • Christopher Isherwood. On the Frontier, 1938.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Lions and Shadows, 1938.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Goodbye to Berlin, 1939.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Journey to a War, 1939.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Translation of the Hindu epic poem, the Bhagavad Gita, 1944.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Prater Violet, 1945.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Translation of Baudelaire's Intimate Journals, 1947.
  • Christopher Isherwood. I am a Camera, 1951.
  • Christopher Isherwood. {{How to Know God: Aphorisms of Patanjali]], 1953.
  • Christopher Isherwood. The World in the Evening, 1954.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Christopher and His Kind, 1963.
  • Christopher Isherwood. A Single Man, 1964.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Down There on a Visit, 1966.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Meeting by the River, 1967.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Kathleen and Frank, 1972.
  • Christopher Isherwood. My Guru and Myself, 1980.
  • Christopher Isherwood {{Ramakrishna and His Disciples{{, 1980.
  • Christopher Isherwood. Lost Years: A Memoir 1945-1951, 2000
  • Christopher Isherwood. The Memorial (1999)
  • Christopher Isherwood. My Guru and His Disciple (2001)
  • Christopher Isherwood. The Condor and the Cows'' (2003)
  • Christopher Isherwood. Where Joy Resides (2003)
  • Christopher Isherwood. Kathleen and Christopher (2005)

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Christopher Isherwood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (408 words)
Christopher Isherwood (prior to 1946 Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood) (August 26, 1904 – January 4, 1986), Anglo-American novelist, was born in the ancestral seat of his family, Wybersley Hall, High Lane, in the north west of England.
Auden and Isherwood travelled first to China in 1938, then emigrated to the United States in 1939.
Isherwood became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1946.
Christopher Isherwood Collection (1157 words)
Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood was born in Cheshire, England, on August 26, 1904, to Kathleen Machell-Smith and Frank Bradshaw-Isherwood.
In 1925, Isherwood was asked to withdraw from the university, and he took a job in London as a part-time secretary to a string quartet and began to write novels.
Isherwood had determined during his years in Berlin that freedom was more than what the left wing was preaching at that time and that the homophobia that prevailed in this movement was one of the obvious indications that this freedom was to be limited to a select few.
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