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I have been in a twenty year relationship with Anglo-American author Christopher Isherwood. Most of it with my collaborator, Chris Freeman, University of Southern California.

THE AMERICAN ISHERWOOD

University of Minnesota Press, 2014

This collection of essays considers Christopher Isherwood’s diaries, his vast personal archive, and his published works, offering a multifaceted appreciation of a writer who spent more than half of his life in southern California.


As editors, Chris Freeman and I have brought together the most informative scholarship of the twenty-first century to illuminate the craft of one of the singular figures of the twentieth century.

A Paris Review staff

(Matt Caprioli)
March 20, 2015

ISHERWOOD ON WRITING

University of Minnesota Press, 2007

A publishing event—Isherwood’s lectures on writing and writers, available for the first time.

In the 1960s, Christopher Isherwood gave a series of lectures at California universities. During this time Isherwood, who would liberate the memoir and become the founding father of modern gay writing, spoke openly for the first time about his craft—on writing for film, theater, and novels—and on spirituality. Isherwood on Writing brings these public addresses together to reveal a distinctly—and surprisingly—American Isherwood.


Edited with an introduction by James J. Berg

Preface by Claude Summers

Christopher Isherwood’s two cycles of lectures about literature will be of interest to writers everywhere. He tells us how to write with realistic detail and moral engagement—and an almost godlike compassion.

Edmund White, author of A Boy’s Own Story

LOVE, WEST HOLLYWOOD

Alyson Publications, 2008

The story of Los Angeles’ gay history is often overshadowed by the mystique of Hollywood, as well as the notion that the gay community was centered in the City by the Bay or the Big Apple. Now, Los Angeles’ rich literary and cultural heritage is revealed in these thoughtful, humorous, and insightful essays.

Love, West Hollywood: Reflections of Los Angeles is a passionate and groundbreaking collection of literary love letters honoring one of America’s most magical and magnetic metropolises. Over 30 gifted writers lead readers through doors closed long ago and a lyrical history that has been lost to the ages–until now.

CONVERSATIONS WITH CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD

University Press of Mississippi, 2001

The interviews in this volume--two of which have never before been published--stretch over a period of forty years. They address a wide range of topics, including the importance of diary-keeping to his life and work; the interplay between fiction and autobiography; his turning from Christianity to Hinduism; his circle of friends, including W. H. Auden, Aldous Huxley, and E. M. Forster; several important places in his life--Berlin, England, and California; and his homosexual identity.

These interviews are substantive, smart, and insightful, allowing the author to discuss his approach to writing of both fiction and nonfiction.


"More and more," he explains, "writing is appearing to me as a kind of self-analysis, a finding-out of something about myself and about the past and about what life is like, as far as I'm concerned: who I am, who these people are, what it's all about." This emphasis on self-discovery comes as no surprise from a writer who mined his own diaries and experiences for inspiration. As an interviewee, Isherwood is introspective, thoughtful, and humorous.

THE ISHERWOOD CENTURY

University of Wisconsin Press, 2000

"The starting point for any consideration of Isherwood, his work, and his contribution to gay and lesbian arts and letters."—James Mandrell, Brandeis University

Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Studies, 2000.


Christopher Isherwood has always been considered both a literary and a gay pioneer. Through twenty-four essays and interviews, The Isherwood Century offers a fresh, in-depth view of the author, his literary legacy, and his continuing influence.

In The Isherwood Century, editors James J. Berg and Chris Freeman have gathered twenty-four essays and interviews on Christopher Isherwood's life and work. The volume, the first of its kind on Isherwood, offers a fresh, in-depth view of the author, his literary legacy, and his continuing influence.

"The Isherwood Century allows us to see [Isherwood’s] long and colorful life as an expression of the freedom to reinvent oneself."—Los Angeles Times

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