Christopher Isherwood

Author: Christopher Isherwood

Profile: Christopher Isherwood was an Anglo-American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, diarist and autobiographer. He was born in Wyberslegh Hall, High Lanem, Cheshire, UK and died in Santa Monica, California, U.S. He completed is education at Repton School, Derbyshire, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge King’s College, London.  His partner’s were Heinz Neddermeyer and John Bachardy. Some of his most notable works include The Berlin Stories, A Single Man and Christopher and His Kind. He was born to Kathleen (mother) and Frank Isherwood (father). Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood was the name they chose for their first son which Isherwood later on streamlined to Christopher Isherwood on becoming a citizen of US in 1946.

Writing style: Christopher Isherwood’s writing style is highly concentrated and complex, which makes a lot of demands on the reader, however provides lively entertainment, at the same time.

Published Texts:


1928 – All the Conspirators (new edition 1957 with new foreword)

1932 – The Memorial

1935 – Mr.Norris Changes Trains

1935 – The Dog Beneath the Skin

1937 – The Ascent of F6

1937 – Sally Bowles

1938 – On the Frontier

1938 – Lions and Shadows

1939 – Goodbye to Berlin

1939 – Journey to a War

1944 – Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God

1945 – Vedanta for Modern Man

1945 – Prater Violet

1945 – The Berlin Stories

Vedanta for the Western World

1949 – The Condor and the Cows

1951 – What Vedanta Means to Me

1954 – The World in the Evening

1962 – Down There on a Visit

1963 – An Approach to Vedanta

1964 – A Single Man

1965 – Ramakrishna and His Disciples

1966 – Exhumations

1967 – A Meeting by the River

1969 – Essentials of Vedanta

1971 – Kathleen and Frank

1973 – Frankenstein: The True Story

1976 – Christopher and His Kind

1980 – My Guru and His Disciple

1980 – October

1994 – The Mortmere Stories

1989 – Where Joy Resides: An Asherwood Reader

1996 – Diaries: 1939-1960

1997 – Jacob’s Hands: A Fable

2000 – Lost Years: A Memoir 1945-1951

2000 – Lions and Shadows

2005 – Kathleen and Christopher, Lisa Colletta

2007 – Isherwood on Writing

2010 – The Sixties: Diaries: 1960-1969

2012 – Liberation: Diaries: 1970-1983

2014 – The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy


1930 – Charles Baudelaire, Intimate Journals

1947 – The Song of God: Bhagavad-Gita

1947 – Shankara’s Crest-Jewel of Discrimination

1953 – How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorism of Patanjali


Awards and Acknowledgements:

The house in which Isherwood lived in Schoneberg district of Berlin bears a memorial plaque to mark his stay there from 1929 to 1933.

The lifelong relationship between Isherwood and Bachardy, is chronicled in the 2008 film Chris and Don.

A Single Man was adapted into a film A Single Man in 2009.

The BBC adapted, his autobiography, Christopher and His Kind, in 2010 into a television film.

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