Christopher Isherwood, Lions and Shadows: An Education in the Twenties

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Lions and Shadows: An Education in the Twenties

(1938) is a semi-fictionalised memoir by the English novelist Christopher Isherwood, in which he looks back with self-mocking irony upon his development between the ages of seventeen and twenty-four as an early stage in “the education of a novelist” (Isherwood 2013: xv). Isherwood warns us in his prefatory note that he has employed “a novelist’s licence” and portrayed his friends as “caricatures” under fictional names (xv), but his account is in broad outline biographically reliable, with a few qualifications. Significant background facts, principally Isherwood’s own homosexuality, are suppressed, while some important figures, notably his mother Kathleen Bradley-Isherwood, are rendered almost invisible. As well as offering a…

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Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Lions and Shadows: An Education in the Twenties". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 September 2020 [, accessed 29 May 2024.]

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