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Isherwood on Writing: The Lectures in California [Hardcover]

Christopher Isherwood , James J. Berg

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In the 1960s, Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986), a major figure in 20th-century fiction and the gay rights movement, gave a series of lectures at California universities on the theme "A Writer and His World." Berg, dean of social sciences and arts at the College of the Desert, brings those public lectures together to reveal Isherwood's thinking at

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5.0 out of 5 stars A pioneer for openly homosexual writers 20 Jun 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
A pioneer for openly homosexual writers, Christopher Isherwood was known for more than just being a gay author - he was a master of his craft who didn't let that label control everything he did. Writing novels alongside for film and theater, Christopher Isherwood was one of the better writers of the 20th century and now in "Isherwood on Writing" we now hear from the man himself as he discusses his craft and the life and times of his heyday in London and Hollywood and literary friendships with other great authors such as Virginia Woolf and Aldous Huxley. Despite all the notes that may suggest otherwise, Isherwood comes out as profoundly American, making "Isherwood on Writing" highly recommended for both academic and community library biography, literary studies, and gay studies reference collections.

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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 31 Aug 2010
By Bill Bobb - Published on Amazon.com
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Especially wonderful is Berg's introduction which has led me on to even more reading materials about gay writers. Have ordered several books he has talked about. Also great are the lectuers themselves giving more and more insight into Isherwood's way of thinking and writing. Excellent reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer on The Writer's Craft 25 Mar 2014
By David Spence - Published on Amazon.com
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You don't have to be a gay writer to benefit from reading this book. Based on Christopher Isherwood's series of lectures, this is a generous gift from a successful admired writer to anyone who writes, or wishes to write. Isherwood is the author of "A Single Man" which became a movie recently. His "Berlin Diaries" became "Cabaret," a successful and acclaimed Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film with Lisa Minneli. And he deals with everything from writer's block to why write at all to plots and why writes with barely a plot, and what exactly is a novel, and how to write for Hollywood, etc. etc. A must-read for any writer, aspiring or established.
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