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Christopher Isherwood
English novelist
(1904-86)



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I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.
-- Goodbye to Berlin (1930)

We live in stirring times -- tea-stirring times.
-- Mr. Norris Changes Trains (1935)

California is a tragic country - like Palestine, like every Promised Land. Its short history is a fever-chart of migrations -- the land-rush, the gold-rush, the oil-rush, the movie-rush -- followed, in each instance, by counter-migrations of the disappointed and unsuccessful.
-- "Los Angeles" (1947); reprinted in: Exhumations (1966)

Like Shelley and like Baudelaire it may be said of him that he suffered, in his own person, the neurotic ills of an entire generation.
-- Of T. E. Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia" (1947); reprinted in: Exhumations (1966)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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