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Lions and Shadows (Vintage Classics) [Paperback]

Christopher Isherwood
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"The best prose writer in English" (Gore Vidal)

"The writing is, as always, very clear, very moving and very funny" (The Times)

Book Description

Isherwood's evocative and sensitive account of childhood and youth in the 1920s.

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Subtitled 'An education in the twenties', this work blends autobiography - including many thinly-veiled portraits of Isherwood's contemporaries such as Spender and Auden - and fiction, as it describes the inner life of a writer and his evolution from the intellectual hothouse of Cambridge to the Bohemian scene in London. Witty and outrageous, Isherwood's take on his society is, as always, intriguing and illuminating.

'The writing is, as always, very clear, very moving and very funny' The Times

See also: Kathleen and Frank

About the Author

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. He left Cambridge without graduating, briefly studied medicine and then turned to writing his first novels, All the Conspirators and The Memorial. Between 1929 and 1939 he lived mainly abroad, spending four years in Berlin and writing the novels Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin on which the musical Cabaret was based. He moved to America in 1939, becoming a US citizen in 1946, and wrote another five novels, including Down There on a Visit and A Single Man, a travel book about South America and a biography of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna. In the late 1960s and '70s he turned to autobiographical works: Kathleen and Frank, Christopher and His Kind, My Guru and His Disciple and October, one month of his diary with drawings by Don Bachardy.
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