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The Sixties: Diaries 1960-1969
     

The Sixties: Diaries 1960-1969

by Christopher Isherwood
 

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“Intimate and compulsively readable.” —Alfred Corn, The Nation

The second volume of acclaimed author Christopher Isherwood’s diaries takes readers to the heart of the 1960s, the decade in which Isherwood’s semiautobiographical novel Goodbye to Berlin would be adapted into the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret.

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“Intimate and compulsively readable.” —Alfred Corn, The Nation

The second volume of acclaimed author Christopher Isherwood’s diaries takes readers to the heart of the 1960s, the decade in which Isherwood’s semiautobiographical novel Goodbye to Berlin would be adapted into the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret. Against a background of cultural paradigm shifts including the advent of space travel, pop art, and mod fashion, and seminal events like the Kennedy/Nixon election, the Marianne Faithfull/Mick Jagger romance, the rise of the Hippie movement, and the riotous explosion of America’s inner cities, The Sixties follows Isherwood’s friendships with creative powerhouses such as Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Richard Burton, and Gore Vidal, and continues the saga of his great romance with portraitist Don Bachardy.

Editorial Reviews

Dwight Garner
“An intimate portrait of the life of a beautiful if neurotic mind… streaked with gossip, flinty observations, great good humor and—despite Isherwood’s fundamental discretion—plenty of frank talk.”
New York Journal of Books
“These diaries are, in their core, a love story…thanks to [them], we bear witness to it all—and are all the richer for it.”
Edmund White
“A good writer…intensely self-aware…a fascinating companion…THE SIXTIES [is] accessible to everyone…a true piece of social history.”
Wall Street Journal
“The diary entries in The Sixties are a mix of quotidian detail, social observation, moody reverie, gossip and self-rebuke.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061185007
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
800
Sales rank:
901,588
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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Edmund White
“A good writer…intensely self-aware…a fascinating companion…THE SIXTIES [is] accessible to everyone…a true piece of social history.”
Dwight Garner
“An intimate portrait of the life of a beautiful if neurotic mind… streaked with gossip, flinty observations, great good humor and—despite Isherwood’s fundamental discretion—plenty of frank talk.”

Meet the Author

Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986) was one of the most prominent writers of his generation. He is the author of many works of fiction, including All the Conspirators, The Memorial, Mr. Norris Changes Trains, and Goodbye to Berlin, on which the musical Cabaret was based, as well as works of nonfiction and biography.

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