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Christopher Isherwood letters to Lincoln Kirstein
mssHM 81664-81741  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Christopher Isherwood letters to Lincoln Kirstein
    Dates: 1943-1963
    Collection Number: mssHM 81664-81741
    Creator: Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986
    Extent: 78 pieces in two boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection includes primarily letters from Christopher Isherwood to Lincoln Kirstein.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to www.huntington.org .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Letters from Christopher Isherwood to Lincolm Kirstein, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Fuller d'Arch Smith Booksellers by the Library Collectors' Council, Jan. 2007.


    Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986), British-American author, emigrated to the United States in 1939. Lincoln Kirstein (1907-1996) was an American author and co-founder of the New York City Ballet.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes primarily letters from Isherwood to his friend Kirstein, with a few to and by others, and one poem by Isherwood: On His Queerness [approximately 1950]


    The materials are arranged alphabetically by author's last name, then chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986
    Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996
    Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
    Bachardy, Don, 1934-
    Bower, Tony
    Cadmus, Paul, 1904-1999
    Caskey, William, 1921-1981
    Forster, E. M. (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970
    Harris, Julie, 1925-2013
    Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971
    Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963
    Lehmann, John, 1907-1987
    Martínez, José, 1913?-1997
    Prabhavananda, Swami, 1893-1976
    Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995
    Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971
    Viertel, Berthold
    Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983


    Authors, American -- 20th century
    Authors, English -- 20th century
    British Americans
    Gay authors -- Great Britain
    Gay authors -- United States

    Geographic Areas

    South American -- Travel and description


    Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century