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

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Abstract

This collection of letters from novelist Christopher Isherwood to his mother Kathleen Bradshaw Isherwood, dating from 1935 to early 1940, have never been available to general readers before. Isherwood is best known for the Berlin Stories, which later became the academy award-winning film, Cabaret. With the publication of his bibliography and a growing interest in “the Auden Generation,” he has come to be understood as an important writer of the thirties, one who explores issues of sexual, national and political identity. Always the distanced observer in his fiction, Isherwood is revealed quite different in the letters: here is the loving son, the self-doubting penurious young writer, the anxious wanderer, the jealous friend and the worried lover. Isherwood considered Kathleen one of the most influences in his life, yet, as with all mothers, this was a complicated influence.

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Arts and Humanities | German Language and Literature

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