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, educating English to ecu refugees, and changing to Hinduism. by the point the conflict ended, he discovered he was once now not reduce out to be a monk. together with his self-imposed wartime vigil at the back of him, he careened right into a lifetime of frantic socializing, expanding dissipation, anxiousness, and, finally, melancholy. for almost a part decade he all yet ceased to write down fiction or even deserted his lifelong behavior of maintaining 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 big apple and London, simply after the struggle. all started in 1971, in a postsixties surroundings of liberation, Lost Years contains particular info of his romantic and sexual relationships throughout the Nineteen Forties and unveils a hidden and occasionally surprising lifestyle shared with pals and acquaintances--many of whom have been famous artists, actors, and film-makers. now not till the 1951 Broadway good fortune of I Am a Camera, tailored from his Berlin tales, did Isherwood start to reclaim keep an eye on of his skills and of his future.

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

With unpolished directness, and with perception and wit, Lost Years exhibits how Isherwood built his inner most memories into the original mix of own mythology and social heritage that characterizes a lot of his top paintings. This awesome and significant memoir additionally highlights his decision to trace down even the main elusive and unappealing facets of his previous on the way to comprehend and in truth painting himself, either as a author and as a human being.

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