Autograph Letter by Christopher Isherwood. Christopher Isherwood.
Autograph Letter by Christopher Isherwood.
Autograph Letter by Christopher Isherwood.
Isherwood's Autograph Letter On Berlin Scenes

Autograph Letter by Christopher Isherwood.

Autograph letter in blue ink. Signed and dated (September 24, 1979). 1 page aerogram. 185 × 275 mm. In fine condition. The letter is bound into the UK edition of Isherwood’s “Christopher and His Kind”.

He thanks the photographs of Berlin with the scenes of “The Berlin Stories”, that the addressee, Martin Cuiper, sent him earlier. Isherwood recalls what he saw when he revisited city in 1952, what has remained of Nollendorfstrasse 17 (the address of Isherwood’s apartment in Schöneberg district) and the Cosy Corner (Zossenerstrasse 7; a “boy bar” that became the model of Alexander Casino in “Goodbye to Berlin”).

He also reports about the development of his book to be published “My Guru and His Disciple”, and writes about his future plan to start a book which will include Igor Stravinsky and David Hockney.

Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986) was an English novelist, who lived in Berlin between 1929 and 1933. This period inspired – beside other works – two of his major novels “Goodbye to Berlin” and “Mr Norris Changes Train”. The two were later published in the book “The Berlin Stories”, and were adapted into the Broadway musical and the 1972 film “Cabaret”.

The letter is bound into Isherwood’s “Christopher and His Kind” in which he writes about his life between 1929 and 1939 including the Berlin-years.

Isherwood, Christopher

Christopher and His Kind. 1929–1939.

London: Eyre Methuen, 1977. 251, (3) p.

First UK edition, second imprint. With an Isherwood’s autograph letter mounted on half title. In publisher’s maroon cardboard. With the original photographically illustrated dust jacket. A printed photo-portrait of Isherwood by George Platt Lynes mounted on last blank page. Dust jacket lightly sunned, slightly chipped at foldings. The book itself is in fine condition.

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Price: €1,800.00