Diaries, Volume One: 1939-1960

Diaries, Volume One: 1939-1960

Diaries Volume One At times pious at times profane but always unashamedly honest The Diaries of Christopher Isherwood provide an inside look at the life and times of one of the most celebrated writers of the century C

  • Title: Diaries, Volume One: 1939-1960
  • Author: Christopher Isherwood
  • ISBN: 9780061180002
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At times pious, at times profane but always unashamedly honest, The Diaries of Christopher Isherwood provide an inside look at the life and times of one of the most celebrated writers of the century Chronicling Isherwood s life from 1939, when he emigrated to the United States, until 1960, these entries cover some of the most turbulent years of his career and give readeAt times pious, at times profane but always unashamedly honest, The Diaries of Christopher Isherwood provide an inside look at the life and times of one of the most celebrated writers of the century Chronicling Isherwood s life from 1939, when he emigrated to the United States, until 1960, these entries cover some of the most turbulent years of his career and give readers unprecedented insight into the major turning points in his life Here, Isherwood relates the spiritual crisis he went through as World War II began, his discipleship along with Aldous Huxley and Gerald Heard with the Hindu monk Swami Prabhavananda and his decision to become a pacifist Here also are his accounts of his intense social life in Hollywood, his career as a screenwriter and his many sexual affairs Readers will be particularly fascinated by his revealing anecdotes and gossip about the literary greats such as W H Auden, Thomas Mann, E M Forster, and Tennessee Williams and movie stars such as Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin and Sir Laurence Olivier of the time.

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    I'm not 'currently reading' it because I don't have an aim to finishing it anytime soon. I think I'll just dip into it off and on, when I need a break from other things. The very first page brought me right back to 'Christopher and His Kind,' and reminded me how much I love the way Isherwood writes about himself (the self-knowledge that comes with utter detachment) and the sharp but patient and tender way he anatomizes the motives of others. And the prose! It's no wonder that Cyril Connolly prai [...]

    First of all, these diaries are beautifully and ably edited by Katherine Bucknell, providing a fascinating introduction of over fifty pages. In addition to the journals themselves, Bucknell delivers an Isherwood chronology, glossary, and index at the end. She divides the journal into three parts: The Emigration, January 19,1939–December 31, 1944; The Postwar Years, January 1, 1945–April 13, 1956; and The Late Fifties, April 14, 1956–August 26, 1960. The voice of Isherwood evolves from that [...]

    Fabulous! Not only did Isherwood write incredibly interesting diaries (and this only goes up to 1960), but he seems to have known everyone of any consequence whatsoever. And he seems to have read everything of any consequence whatsoever. What a mind! The editor provides an exemplary introduction and an exhaustive, invaluable glossary, which is especially in ascertaining who's who and what's what. The research done for the glossary alone is stupendous. Since these are diaries, the reader can dip [...]

    I started this hefty volume a few months after 911 and finished it eight years later. It is dense and can be tedious, however it is a fascinating and valuable look into the daily life of a pivotal gay writer. I loved the mixture of the mundane and the creative; complaints about the noise of the next-door-neighbor children, bouts of insecurity around his lover Don, procrastinating writing, discovering pacifism, drunken cocktail parties, his spiritual practices. It is a worthwhile read, 'especiall [...]

    For some, it might come across as gossipy. malicious, bitchy and self serving. However, the man wrote in his diary for almost sixty years!! Many times about his fears. The book states that the qualities of intense engagement and commitment were more important to Isherwood than any other, it's evident.

    A fascinating look at the life of an opening gay man in Los Angeles from the 40s through 60s. I love the mundane nature of so many of the entries (i.e, I'm feeling fat today). While too much for me to read straight through, this one sat on my bedside table for a year or so and I would turn to it periodically.

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