The Sixties: Diaries, Volume Two: 1960-1969

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HardCover. Pub the Date: November 2010 Pages: 800 in Publisher: Harper This second volume of Christopher Isherwood's remarkable diaries opens on his fifty-sixth birthday. As the fifties give way to the decade hr. of social and sexual revolution. Isherwood takes the reader from the bohemian sunshine of Southern California to a London finally swinging free of post-war gloom. to the racy cosmopolitanism of New York and to the raw Australian outback. He charts his ongoing quest for spiritual certainty under the guidance of his Hindu guru. and he reveals in reckless detail the emotional drama of his love for the American painter Don Bachardy. thirty years his junior and struggling to establish his own artistic identity.The diaries are crammed with wicked gossip and probing psychological insights about the cultural icons of the time-Francis Bacon. Richard Burton. Leslie Caron. Mar...

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"Intimate and compulsively readable." --Alfred Corn, The Nation

The second volume of acclaimed author Christopher Isherwood's diaries takes readers to the heart of the 1960s, the decade in which Isherwood's semiautobiographical novel Goodbye to Berlin would be adapted into the Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret. Against a background of cultural paradigm shifts including the advent of space travel, pop art, and mod fashion, and seminal events like the Kennedy/Nixon election, the Marianne Faithfull/Mick Jagger romance, the rise of the Hippie movement, and the riotous explosion of America's inner cities, The Sixties follows Isherwood's friendships with creative powerhouses such as Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Richard Burton, and Gore Vidal, and continues the saga of his great romance with portraitist Don Bachardy.

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"A good writer...intensely self-aware...a fascinating companion...THE SIXTIES [is] accessible to everyone...a true piece of social history."--Edmund White, New York Times Book Review

"The diary entries in The Sixties are a mix of quotidian detail, social observation, moody reverie, gossip and self-rebuke."--Wall Street Journal

"Gossipy, funny, wide-ranging, and revealing...[Isherwood] comes across as approachable, aware, and passionately interested."--Publishers Weekly

"An intimate portrait of the life of a beautiful if neurotic mind... streaked with gossip, flinty observations, great good humor and--despite Isherwood's fundamental discretion--plenty of frank talk."--Dwight Garner, New York Times

"These diaries are, in their core, a love story...thanks to [them], we bear witness to it all--and are all the richer for it."--New York Journal of Books

An intimate portrait of the life of a beautiful if neurotic mind streaked with gossip, flinty observations, great good humor and despite Isherwood s fundamental discretion plenty of frank talk. --Dwight Garner, New York Times"

These diaries are, in their core, a love story thanks to [them], we bear witness to it all and are all the richer for it. --New York Journal of Books"

A good writer intensely self-aware a fascinating companion THE SIXTIES [is] accessible to everyone a true piece of social history. --Edmund White, New York Times Book Review"

The diary entries in The Sixties are a mix of quotidian detail, social observation, moody reverie, gossip and self-rebuke. --Wall Street Journal"

Gossipy, funny, wide-ranging, and revealing [Isherwood] comes across as approachable, aware, and passionately interested. --Publishers Weekly"

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