The Sixties: Diaries 1960-1969

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This remarkable second volume of Christopher Isherwood’s diaries opens on his fifty-sixth birthday, as the fifties give way to the decade of social and sexual revolution. These pages are crammed with wicked gossip and probing psychological insights about the cultural icons of the time—Francis Bacon, Richard Burton, David Hockney, Mick Jagger, W. Somerset Maugham, Vanessa Redgrave, David O. Selznick, Igor Stravinsky, Gore Vidal, and many others—yet prove most revealing about the author himself. Isherwood moves ...

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The Sixties: Diaries, Volume Two: 1960-1969

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Overview

This remarkable second volume of Christopher Isherwood’s diaries opens on his fifty-sixth birthday, as the fifties give way to the decade of social and sexual revolution. These pages are crammed with wicked gossip and probing psychological insights about the cultural icons of the time—Francis Bacon, Richard Burton, David Hockney, Mick Jagger, W. Somerset Maugham, Vanessa Redgrave, David O. Selznick, Igor Stravinsky, Gore Vidal, and many others—yet prove most revealing about the author himself. Isherwood moves easily from Beckett to Brando, from arthritis to aggression, from Tennessee Williams to foot powder, while referencing the political and historical events of the period: the anxieties of the Cold War, Yuri Gagarin’s spaceflight, the eruption of violence in America’s inner cities, the Vietnam War, the moon landing, and the Summer of Love. In his unparalleled chronicle, The Sixties, Christopher Isherwood turns his observant, unerring eye on the decade that, more than any other, has shaped the way we live now.

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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.”
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."
Wall Street Journal
"The diary entries in The Sixties are a mix of quotidian detail, social observation, moody reverie, gossip and self-rebuke."
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."
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.”
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.”
Dwight Garner
Patience with The Sixties is rewarded. The book becomes an intimate portrait of the life of a beautiful if neurotic mind, and it is streaked with gossip, flinty observations, great good humor and—despite Isherwood's fundamental discretion—plenty of frank talk.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061185007
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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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