Preface by Edmund White
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LIBERATION

By Christopher Isherwood
Edited and Introduced by Katherine Bucknell

"...third and final volume of Isherwood's compulsively readable diaries...a testament to his connections to the literati and Hollywood glitterati...A master of the bon mot, he enlivens passages with witty critiques of books, acquaintances (Rudolf Nureyev 'really is a macabre absurd nineteenth-century vampire'), and lifestyles ('One of the disadvantages about being so frank about one's queerness is that everybody expects you to leer at attractive boys, so you try not to, out of perversity'). ...meticulous notes and annotations by editor Bucknell distinguish this fitting finale to a fascinating life." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


"Isherwood proves a captivating, honest diarist, his entries rich with reflection and gossip." BOOKLIST

 

"Bucknell expertly positions Isherwood's private papers and private life vis-à-vis his place as a gay literary giant and restores his diaries as unique literary archives. ...For gay readers this is not only essential literature from a closeted time, but part of an unbroken chronicle of the gay subcultures in England, Europe and the U.S." Lew Whittington, THE HUFFINGTON POST

 

"Isherwood became a sort of honorary uncle to the gay liberation movement and was able at last to write freely about his own homosexuality. ...Alongside sharp and often very funny assessments of those Isherwood knew, the diaries also record a wealth of domestic detail, trivial in itself but giving a richly textured sense of what it was like to live in California during this period of social change. ...There is also a marvellous account of an extended trip to England in 1970, where the stuffiness and repression Isherwood felt had characterized the land of his birth appears to have been swept away by a new generation." Peter Parker, THE SPECTATOR

 

"Of his generation of writers, Isherwood was among the least ashamed of a journalistic element in what he did, but he also understood the tactical nature of literary frankness. There's no slyer piece of ventriloquism than 'letting the facts speak for themselves.' These diaries build a labyrinthine corridor to give access to rooms that couldn't be reached any other way." Adam Mars-Jones, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

 

"...the gold mine of Isherwood work has been the posthumous publication of three huge diaries amounting to almost 3,000 pages. Comprehensively and lovingly edited and annotated by Katherine Bucknell, these volumes...give us the most detailed portrait of a writer whose stock in trade as an intensely autobiographical novelist was to document his own life....By the end of forty-four years of diary entries, it becomes clear that the theme here has always been the love between Isherwood and Bachardy, which eventually turns the novelist from an unblinking, mechanical camera into a open, vulnerable, fragile human." Michael Bronski, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE