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Lions and Shadows

An Education in the Twenties

2000
Author:

Christopher Isherwood

Lions and Shadows

The novelist’s account of his college days and early formative friendships, now back in print.

Lions and Shadows is a captivating account of a young novelist’s development in the literary culture of 1920s Cambridge and London and of his experiences as he forged lifelong friendships with his peers W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Edward Upward.

“That young man holds the future of the English novel in his hands.”–W. Somerset Maugham, after reading Lions and Shadows

Lions and Shadows

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The novelist’s account of his college days and early formative friendships, now back in print.

In 1938 the legendary Hogarth Press published the first of Christopher Isherwood’s autobiographical writings, Lions and Shadows. The book evokes the atmosphere of Cambridge as Isherwood knew it and describes his life as a tutor, a medical student, and a struggling writer. Above all, Lions and Shadows is a captivating account of a young novelist’s development in the literary culture of 1920s Cambridge and London and of his experiences as he forged lifelong friendships with his peers W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Edward Upward.

"Here is the enchanting story of how a young man made himself into an important writer." The Saturday Review

"That young man holds the future of the English novel in his hands." W. Somerset Maugham, after reading Lions and Shadows

"Isherwood is the best prose writer in English." Gore Vidal


Lions and Shadows

Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986) is also the author of Down There on a Visit, The Memorial, The World in the Evening, and A Meeting by the River, all available in paperback editions from the University of Minnesota Press.

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