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Kathleen and Frank

Kathleen and Frank

The Autobiography of a Family

FSG Classics

Christopher Isherwood

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


A pivotal book in Isherwood's career that reveals as much about him as the parents he set out to portray

Kathleen and Frank is the story of Christopher Isherwood's parents—their meeting in 1895, marriage in 1903 after his father had returned from the Boer War, and his father's death in an assault on Ypres in 1915, which left his mother a widow until her own death in 1960. As well as a family memoir, it is a social history of a period of striking change, and a portrait of the world that shaped Isherwood and that he rejected.

Praise for Kathleen and Frank

“Shows a deeper understanding of much that he had once rebelled against.” —The Guardian

“A moving account of his parents' marriage based on their letters and diaries.” —The Independent

“A social history of the first half of the twentieth century and a study of artistic megalomania . . . Christopher writes about Christopher with fine, clear, cool precision.” —The Spectator


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Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) was born in Manchester, England, and lived in Berlin from 1929 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. A major figure in twentieth-century fiction and the gay rights movement, he wrote more than twenty books. FSG Classics presents some of his finest work, including the novels Prater Violet, A Single Man, and A Meeting by the River; the semi-autobiographical Lions and Shadows; and the memoir Christopher and His Kind.

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Frances Homolka

Christopher Isherwood

The Christopher Isherwood Foundation

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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