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The American Isherwood$
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James J. Berg and Chris Freeman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816683611

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816683611.001.0001

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A Writer at Work

A Writer at Work

The Isherwood Archive

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The American Isherwood

Sara S. Hodson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines Christopher Isherwood’s collection of personal papers, which reveals the intangible, subtle aspects of his way of thinking or acting that cannot be discerned through his or her publications or public persona. Acquired in 1999 by the Huntington Library from his life partner Don Bachardy, with later additions from various sources, the Isherwood archive consists of 4,000 items that offer a glimpse into the writer’s life and work, including such topics as gay rights, Vedanta, pacifism, Hollywood, and the film industry. This chapter discusses some of the unique and rare elements of the Isherwood papers and their significance for research, touching on particular sections and items in the archive and what they reveal about Isherwood, his fellow writers, and the matters that meant most to him. It also looks at Isherwood as a writer, and the way his papers reveal his writing craft, with particular emphasis on the place of his 1954 novel The World in the Evening in his canon.

Keywords:   archive, Christopher Isherwood, personal papers, Huntington Library, Don Bachardy, gay rights, Vedanta, Hollywood, writers, The World in the Evening

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