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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.
Christopher Isherwood (1904 - 1986)
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Christopher Isherwood was born in the northwest of England, and spent his childhood in various towns where his father was stationed. After his father was killed in the First World War, he settled with his mother in London.
At Repton school he met his lifelong friend Edward Upward, with whom he wrote the extravgant "Mortmere" stories, of which only one was published during his lifetime (a few others appeared after his death) He deliberately failed his tripos and left Cambridge without a degree In 1925. For the next few years he lived in the home of the violinist André Mangeot while working as the secretary for Mangeot's string quartet; he wrote a book of nonsense poems, People One Ought to Know (not published until 1982), with illustrations by Mangeot's eleven-year-old son Sylvain.
Rejecting his upper-class background and attracted to men, he moved to Berlin, the capital of the young Weimar Republic, drawn by its deserved reputation for sexual freedom.
Isherwood decided to emigrate to the United States early in 1939. After a few months with Auden in New York, Isherwood settled in California, where he embraced Hinduism. Together with Swami Prabhavananda he produced numerous books and plays imbued with themes and characters of Vedanta, karma, reincarnation and the Upanishadic quest.
Isherwood became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1945. In 1953, at the age of forty-nine, he met the eighteen-year old Don Bachardy among a group of friends on the beach at Santa Monica. This began a lifelong partnership.
Isherwood died in Santa Monica, California.