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Christopher Isherwood

(1904—1986) writer

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Aesthetic Movement

Aesthetic Movement  

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Term designating late-nineteenth-century enthusiasm for opulent arts and handcrafts, especially within a domestic context. Advocating beauty as a touchstone for every aspect of life, it grew from the ...
Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley  

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(1894–1963),grandson of T. H. Huxley and brother of Julian Huxley. By 1919, when he began to write for Murry in the Athenaeum, he had already published three volumes of verse; a volume of stories, ...
Ascent of F6

Ascent of F6  

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A play by W. H. Auden and C. Isherwood, published 1936, first performed 1937.The central character, Michael Ransom, ‘scholar and man of action’, succumbs to his mother's persuasions and leads a ...
cabaret

cabaret  

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Term applied to places of entertainment such as night clubs and to the mus. entertainment provided there. Cabaret in the modern sense began in 1881 when the ‘Chat Noir’ opened in Paris. From this ...
Edward Upward

Edward Upward  

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(1903–2009),novelist, educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, with Isherwood, whose lifelong friend he became. Works include Journey to the Border (1938); The Railway Accident and Other ...
Encounter

Encounter  

A political, cultural, and literary review, founded in 1953, originally edited by S. Spender and Irving Kristol. It was the vehicle for N. Mitford's celebrated formulation of the ‘U’ and ‘Non‐U’ ...
Georgei Ivanovitch Gurdjieff

Georgei Ivanovitch Gurdjieff  

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(?1874–1949),esoteric thinker and teacher, born in Russia. In 1922 he founded the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at Fontainebleau, where K. Mansfield died. His ideas influenced A. ...
Goodbye to Berlin

Goodbye to Berlin  

A collection of sketches and short stories by Christopher Isherwood (1939). The work, taken as a whole, presents a unified picture of Berlin in the last years of Weimar. Isherwood ...
Group Theatre

Group Theatre  

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London, private play-producing society founded in 1933 to present modern non-commercial plays and revivals of experimental work. It had its headquarters at the Westminster Theatre, where most of its ...
Henry Green

Henry Green  

(1905–73),novelist and industrialist, was born Henry Vincent Yorke. His first novel, Blindness (1926), was published while he was an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford, when, in his aesthete ...
Hogarth Press

Hogarth Press  

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Was founded in 1917 by L. and V. Woolf at their home, Hogarth House, Richmond, and their earliest publications included K. Mansfield's Prelude (1918), V. Woolf's Kew Gardens (1919, illustrated with ...
J. R. Ackerley

J. R. Ackerley  

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(1896–1967),author, and literary editor (1935–59) of The Listener, to which he attracted work from such distinguished contributors as E. M. Forster and Isherwood. Hindoo Holiday (1932) is based on ...
James Stern

James Stern  

(1904–93),Irish writer, born in Co. Meath, educated at Eton. His career began as a journalist on the London Mercury and he also travelled widely. His first volume of short ...
John Van Druten

John Van Druten  

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(b. London, 1 June 1901; d. Indio, Calif., 19 Dec. 1957)Playwright and director. His sophisticated, often witty, examination of modern life was seen in such plays as Young Woodley ...
Mass Observation

Mass Observation  

A network of lay correspondents formed in 1937 by the poet Charles Madge and film-maker Humphrey Jennings, with the anthropologist Tom Harrisson (1911–76). Conceived as an ‘anthropology of ...
Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre  

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A mid-19th-century church hall in Notting Hill Gate in W. London bought by Ashley Dukes and his wife Marie Rambert in 1927. They converted it into a small theatre and ballet school. In 1931 the ...
Mr Norris Changes Trains

Mr Norris Changes Trains  

A novel by Christopher Isherwood, published by the Hogarth Press in 1935, which firmly established his reputation as a novelist of importance. Set in Berlin, it is strongly informed by ...
New Age

New Age  

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The New Age movement is an amorphous association of people who identify primarily as spiritual explorers. Many if not most feel that humanity is at the dawn of entering into ...
New Country

New Country  

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An anthology of prose and verse published 1933, edited by Michael Roberts, with contributions by Auden, Spender, Day‐Lewis, Empson, Isherwood, Upward, and R. Warner. Its tone was highly political, ...
New Writing

New Writing  

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A book‐periodical edited by J. Lehmann, first published in 1936 and at approximately half‐yearly intervals until 1940. It published imaginative writing, mainly by young authors (including Spender, ...

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