Lost Years: A Memoir 1945 - 1951

Lost Years: A Memoir 1945 - 1951

Christopher Isherwood


The English author Christopher Isherwood settled in California in 1939 and spent the battle years operating in Hollywood movie studios, instructing English to ecu refugees, and changing to Hinduism. by the point the warfare ended, he learned he was once now not lower out to be a monk. along with his self-imposed wartime vigil at the back of him, he careened right into a lifetime of frantic socializing, expanding dissipation, anxiousness, and, ultimately, melancholy. for almost a part decade he all yet ceased to write down fiction or even deserted his lifelong behavior of protecting a diary.

This is Isherwood's personal account, reconstructed from datebooks, letters, and reminiscence approximately thirty years later, of his event in the course of these lacking years: his actions in Santa Monica, and in addition in ny and London, simply after the warfare. began in 1971, in a postsixties surroundings of liberation, Lost Years comprises specific info of his romantic and sexual relationships throughout the Nineteen Forties and unveils a hidden and infrequently stunning lifestyle shared with associates and acquaintances--many of whom have been recognized artists, actors, and film-makers. no longer until eventually the 1951 Broadway good fortune of I Am a Camera, tailored from his Berlin tales, did Isherwood start to reclaim keep watch over of his abilities and of his future.

Isherwood by no means ready Lost years for e-book simply because he speedily grew to become stuck up in writing the e-book that demonstrated him as a hero of homosexual liberation, Christopher and His Kind.

With unpolished directness, and with perception and wit, Lost Years indicates how Isherwood constructed his deepest memories into the original mix of own mythology and social historical past that characterizes a lot of his top paintings. This outstanding and demanding memoir additionally highlights his selection to trace down even the main elusive and unappealing elements of his prior with the intention to comprehend and truthfully painting himself, either as a author and as a human being.

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