Lions and Shadows: An Education in the Twenties

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A witty, appealing, and often outrageous portrait of some of the twentieth century's most influential and creative minds

Subtitled "An Education in the Twenties," Lions and Shadows blends autobiography and fiction to describe the inner life of a writer evolving from precocious schoolboy to Cambridge dropout-at-large in London's bohemia. It contains thinly veiled portraits of Christopher Isherwood's contemporaries W. H. Auden, Edward Upward, and Stephen Spender, whose intimate ...

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Lions and Shadows: An Education in the Twenties

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Overview

A witty, appealing, and often outrageous portrait of some of the twentieth century's most influential and creative minds

Subtitled "An Education in the Twenties," Lions and Shadows blends autobiography and fiction to describe the inner life of a writer evolving from precocious schoolboy to Cambridge dropout-at-large in London's bohemia. It contains thinly veiled portraits of Christopher Isherwood's contemporaries W. H. Auden, Edward Upward, and Stephen Spender, whose intimate friendships and cult of rebellion shaped the literary identity of England in the 1930s. Witty and outrageous, Isherwood pokes fun at the stars of his generation, above all himself, even as he testifies to their unique early gifts.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Isherwood released this first of several autobiographical writings at the ripe old age of 34. In it he chronicles his life at Cambridge, where, though technically a medical student, he began his writing career. Isherwood knew many of the upcoming writers of the 1920s, so this includes his observations on W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and others. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Lambda Book Report
Interesting and thought provoking, anyone with an interest in Isherwood would do well to add this book to their collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374535308
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 11/3/2015
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

Christopher Isherwood (1902-1986) lived in Berlin from 1928 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. A major figure in twentieth-century fiction and the gay rights movement, he wrote more than twenty books.

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