Sunday, August 26, 2007

Christopher Isherwood (1906-1986) - Byname of Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood

Anglo-American novelist and playwright Christopher Isherwood, best known for his stories about Berlin in the early 1930s was born on this day in 1906. Isherwood's novels were based largely on his own life. Many of his famous literary friends appeared in his books under different names, including W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Virginia Woolf.

"I am a camera with its shuter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair. Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed." (from Goodbye to Berlin, 1939)

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