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Isherwood (Christopher) Papers
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This collection contains the papers of British-American writer Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986), chiefly dating from the 1920s to the 1980s. Consisting of scripts, literary manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, photographs, ephemera, audiovisual material, and Isherwood's library, the archive is an exceptionally rich resource for research on Isherwood, as well as W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender and others.
Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was born on August 26, 1904, in Cheshire, England, the son of Frank and Kathleen Bradshaw-Isherwood. He attended Repton School, 1919-1922, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 1924-1925. He went to Berlin in 1929 to visit W. H. Auden and remained, intermittently, for the next four years. In 1939 he immigrated to the United States, settling in Santa Monica, California. From 1954 until his death on January 4, 1986, Isherwood lived with his companion Don Bachardy.
140.6 Linear Feet (159 boxes, 2 oversize folders, 7 film reels)
Letters and manuscripts by W. H. Auden may be seen but may not be photocopied without written permission from the Auden literary executor, Edward Mendelson. In no case will permission be granted to copy all of the letters or manuscripts. His permission must also be obtained in order to quote from or publish any of the Auden items.
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