Christopher and His Kind

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Christopher and His Kind
Christopher and His Kind 1976 cover.jpg
1976 edition cover
Author Christopher Isherwood
Language English
Genre Autobiography
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
Pages 339
ISBN 0-8166-3863-2
OCLC 2439517

Christopher and His Kind is a memoir published in 1976 by British author Christopher Isherwood, who narrates the actual events and experiences of his life between 1929 and 1939, covering, among other things, his Berlin years - the source of inspiration for some of his most famous novels, such as Goodbye to Berlin.[1]

Isherwood decided late in his life that he had a moral obligation to renounce the self-censorship he'd wrung around his Berlin novels, specifically the excision of any hint of his homosexuality.

In the book, Isherwood recounts his life experiences as a young gay man enticed by the liberated atmosphere of Weimar Berlin into a quest for sexual and intellectual emancipation, and argues that his homosexuality, far from marginal private shame to be suppressed, was a central element in his human and creative development, an identity he cherished and shared with many others ("my tribe", "my kind") with whom he felt a special kinship. This remarkably candid autobiography was, in Isherwood's view, the way to discharge an obligation he felt due to "his kind", i.e. his contribution to the gay liberation cause.

Screen adaptation[edit]

The book was adapted for television in 2011. The film, also called Christopher and His Kind, was directed by Geoffrey Sax, stars Matt Smith in the role of Christopher Isherwood.


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