Christopher Isherwood: Novelist


Late author Christopher Isherwood’s fascinating (and never-before-published) work journals document the twists and turns that accompanied the writing of his celebrated 1964 novel A Single Man.

Courtesy of the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Ranked as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, English-born writer Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986) is perhaps best known for his collection The Berlin Stories, which inspired the play I Am a Camera and the musical Cabaret. In the late ’30s, Isherwood emigrated to Los Angeles, where he wrote more than 20 books, including Christopher and His Kind (1963), A Single Man (1964), and Kathleen and Frank (1974), as well as several screenplays for Hollywood films. In 1975, Isherwood was awarded the Brandeis Medal for Fiction. The first volume of his Diaries was published by HarperCollins in 2000. A highly regarded film adaptation of A Single Man, directed by Tom Ford, was released in 2009.