Christopher Isherwood: A Personal Memoir

Christopher Isherwood: A Personal Memoir

John Lehmann / Dec 07, 2019

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  • Title: Christopher Isherwood: A Personal Memoir
  • Author: John Lehmann
  • ISBN: 9780805010299
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
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      • John Lehmann

        Born in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, the fourth child of journalist Rudolph Lehmann, and brother of Helen Lehmann, novelist Rosamond Lehmann and actress Beatrix Lehmann, he was educated at Eton and read English at Trinity College, Cambridge He considered his time at both as lost years.After a period as a journalist in Vienna, he returned to England to found the popular periodical New Writing 1936 1940 in book format This literary magazine sought to break down social barriers and published works by working class authors as well as educated middle class writers and poets It proved a great influence on literature of the period and an outlet for writers such as Christopher Isherwood, W H Auden, and miner author B L Coombes Lehmann included many of these authors in his anthology Poems for Spain which he edited with Stephen Spender With the onset of the Second World War and paper rationing, New Writing s future was uncertain and so Lehmann wrote New Writing in Europe for Pelican Books, one of the first critical summaries of the writers of the 1930s in which he championed the authors who had been the stars of New Writing Auden and Spender and also his close friend Tom Wintringham and Wintringham s ally, the emerging George Orwell Wintringham reintroduced Lehmann to Allen Lane of Penguin Books, who secured paper for The Penguin New Writing a monthly book magazine, this time in paperback The first issue featured Orwell s essay Shooting an Elephant Occasional hardback editions combined with the magazine Daylight appeared sporadically, but it was as Penguin New Writing that the magazine survived until 1950.After joining Leonard and Virginia Woolf as managing director of Hogarth Press between 1938 and 1946 he established his own publishing company, John Lehmann Limited, with his novelist sister Rosamond Lehmann who had a nine year affair with one of Lehmann s contributing poets, Cecil Day Lewis They published new works by authors such as Sartre and Stendhal, and discovered talents like Thom Gunn and Laurie Lee He also published the first two books by the cookery writer Elizabeth David, A Book of Mediterranean Food and French Country Cooking.In 1954 he founded The London Magazine, remaining as editor until 1961, following which he was a frequent lecturer and completed his three volume autobiography, Whispering Gallery 1955 , I Am My Brother 1960 and The Ample Proposition 1966 In The Purely Pagan Sense 1976 is an autobiographical record of his homosexual life in England and pre war Germany, discreetly written in the form of a novel He also wrote the biographies Edith Sitwell 1952 , Virginia Woolf and her World 1975 , Thrown to the Woolfs 1978 and Rupert Brooke 1980.In 1965 he published Christ the Hunter, a spiritual autobiographical prose poem which had been broadcast in 1964 on the BBC Third Programme, In 1974 Lehmann published a book of poems, The Reader at Night, hand printed on handmade paper and hand bound in an edition of 250 signed copies Toronto, Basilike, 1974 An essay by Paul Davies about the creation of this book is included in Professor A.T Tolley s collection, John Lehmann a Tribute Ottawa, Carleton University Press, 1987 , which also includes pieces by Roy Fuller, Thom Gunn, Charles Osborne, Christopher Levenson, Jeremy Reed, George Woodcock, and others.


    1. I borrowed a copy of this from the library as I figured Beatrix's brother writing about Christopher Isherwood would mention her. He did a few times though mostly he seemed to be focusing on what good friends *he* was with Christopher and how they worked on New writing together. Honestly the way he described it, it was like Christopher kept trying to put him off, Yes I will do something for your magazine, but I'm busy with this other thing right now. I know that when he said he was going to publi [...]

    2. Like many in my library, I found this amongst a pile of discarded books on the sidewalk. I really enjoy Christopher Isherwood's work and have heard of the author, John Lehman-though, only vaguely. Of course, I nabbed it and have been reading it in little bits and pieces. It's very personal and has opened my eyes to the man and the artist. He kind of liked his companions a bit on the young side: He was 30-something when he visited NYC and requested the company of an 18-year old. Yesh! Still enjoy [...]

    3. “He liked to imagine himself as one of those mysterious wanderers who penetrate the depths of a foreign land, disguise themselves in the dress and customs of its natives and die in unknown graves, envied by their stay-at-home compatriots.”--Christopher IsherwoodWorld War I (1914-1918) and II (1939-1945) shook the foundations of the Western world and caused an upheaval in society as well as the arts, including literature. Many new writers began to question long-held class and gender roles as [...]

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