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Isherwood, Christopher (1904–1986) By Gunn, Julian

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1510-1
Published: 02/05/2017
Retrieved: 14 July 2024, from


Christopher Isherwood was a British American novelist, memoirist, and playwright best known for The Berlin Diaries, a fictionalized portrayal of his experiences with the urban demimonde and the rise of Nazism in pre-Second World War Berlin. A close friend of W. H. Auden and other modernist writers, Isherwood used modernist aesthetic technique to present the destructive effects of Fascism on the ethical behavior of ordinary Germans (Spiro: 17). Isherwood's work had considerable influence on British and, after his move in 1939 to Los Angeles, American literature.

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Gunn, Julian. Isherwood, Christopher (1904–1986). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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