A Single Man (novel)

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A Single Man
First edition
AuthorChristopher Isherwood
CountryUnited States
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover & paperback)
Pages186 pp

A Single Man is a 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood.

Set in Southern California during 1962, it depicts one day in the life of George, a middle-aged Englishman who is a professor at a Los Angeles university. The university might reflect CSULA, where Christopher Isherwood taught for some time.

In 2009, fashion designer Tom Ford directed a film adaptation of the novel, with additions made to the original plot in the screenplay by David Scearce and Ford.[1]


  • George
  • Jim
  • Mr. Strunk
  • Mrs. Strunk
  • Mr. Garfein
  • Mrs. Garfein
  • Charlotte
  • Kenny Potter
  • Lois Yamaguchi
  • Russ Dreyer
  • Alexander Mong
  • Tom Kugelman
  • Buddy Sorensen
  • Sister Maria
  • Mr. Stoessel
  • Mrs. Netta Torres
  • Dr. Gottlieb
  • Myron Hirsch
  • Wally Bryant
  • Estelle Oxford
  • Grant Lefanu
  • Cynthia Leach
  • Andy Leach
  • Doris
  • Buck
  • Rick
  • Two young men playing tennis


George, an English professor, is unable to cope with the despondent, bereaved nature of his existence after the sudden death of his partner, Jim. Throughout the day, he has various encounters with different people that colour his senses and illuminate the possibilities of being alive and human in the world.


  1. ^ Summers, Claude J. (February 1, 2010). "A Single Man: Ford's Film / Isherwood's Novel". glbtq.com. Archived from the original on February 6, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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