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Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood, British author. Worked with American Friends Service Committee on refugee relief project, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 1941-1942; member national advisory board trustees Institute Study of Human Resources. Member American Civil Liberties Union, Wider Quaker Fellowship, Screenwriters Guild, National Institute Arts and Letters, Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Background

  • Isherwood, Christopher was born on August 26, 1904 in High Lane, Cheshire, England. Came to the United States, 1939. Naturalized, 1946. Son of Francis Edward and Kathleen (Machell-Smith) Isherwood.

  • Education

    • Student, Repton School, 1922. Student, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, 1925. Medical student, University London, 1928.

    Career

    • Secretary to Music Society String Quartet, London, 1926-1927. Private teacher English Berlin, 1928-1933. Travelled in Europe and China, 1934-1938.

      Guest professor modern England literature Los Angeles State College and University California-Santa Barbara, 1959-1960. Regent's professor University of California at Los Angeles, 1965, University California-Riverside, 1966.

    Works

    • Christopher and His Kind: A Memoir, 1929-1939 (FSG Classics)
    • An indispensable memoir by one of the most prominent writers of his generation Originally published in 1976, Christopher and His Kind covers the most memorable ten years in the writer's life--from 1928, when Christopher Isherwood left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay there indefinitely, to 1939, when he arrived in America.
    • Kathleen and Frank
    • This is the story of Christopher Isherwood's parents - their meeting in 1895, marriage in 1903 after his father had returned from the Boer War, and his father's death in an assault on Ypres in 1915, which left his mother a widow until her own death in 1960.
    • Christopher and His Kind
    • Christopher and His Kind covers the most memorable ten years in the writer’s life—from 1929, when Isherwood left England to spend a week in Berlin and decided to stay there indefinitely, to 1939, when he arrived in America.

    Membership

    Worked with American Friends Service Committee on refugee relief project, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 1941-1942. Member national advisory board trustees Institute Study of Human Resources. Member American Civil Liberties Union, Wider Quaker Fellowship, Screenwriters Guild, National Institute Arts and Letters, Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Connections

    • father: Francis Edward Isherwood
    • mother: Kathleen (Machell-Smith) Isherwood
    Christopher Isherwood
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    Born August 26, 1904
    Died January 4, 1986
    (aged 81)
    Nationality
    • 1922
      Repton School
    • 1925
      Corpus Christi College
    • 1928
      University London
    • 1926 - 1927
      Secretary, to Music Society String Quartet
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 1928 - 1933
      private teacher, English Berlin
    • 1934 - 1938
      travelled in Europe and China
    • 1959 - 1960
      guest professor, modern England literature Los Angeles State College and University California-Santa Barbara
    • 1965
      Regent's professor, University of California at Los Angeles
    • 1966
      Regent's professor, University of California at Los Angeles
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