Friday, August 26, 2011
Happy Birthday Christopher Isherwood - Aug. 26, 1904 to Jan. 4, 1986
Not long ago I came across some serious praise someone had written about one of Isherwood's novels. I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever said about any novel, and, thinking I would use it on a blogpost about Isherwood when his birthday rolled around, I copied it down. But I can't find it. I've looked everywhere I know to look. I'm bummed.
His most famous character is Sally Bowles, from The Berlin Stories. She's based on someone he hung out with when he lived in Berlin from early 1929 until early 1933. Her story was adapted for the stage; the title was changed to I Am A Camera and Julie Harris played Sally Bowles; this stage play was later worked up into a musical and the name was changed to Cabaret. Liza with a Z Minelli got to play Sally.
Isherwood's body was donated to science. What became of his remains I don't know. In lieu of a picture of a tombstone, here's a plaque that was place on the Berlin house he lived in: