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Diaries: 1939-1960 Book Review Summary

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Christopher Isherwood, most famous as the author of "I Am a Camera," emigrated to the United States in 1939 seeking a new life in California. His diaries describe his homoerotic love affairs with Bill Caskey and Don Bachardy, his friendships with writers such as Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, Tennessee Williams and others, as well as actors like Garbo and Charlie Chaplin. He also tells of his faith in the Hindu religion and his pacifism in World War II.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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