Diaries, Volume 2: 1960-1969
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061185007, 756pp.
Publication Date: December 2011
This remarkable second volume of Christopher Isherwoods diaries opens on his fifty-sixth birthday, as the fifties give way to the decade of social and sexual revolution. These pages are crammed with wicked gossip and probing psychological insights about the cultural icons of the timeFrancis Bacon, Richard Burton, David Hockney, Mick Jagger, W. Somerset Maugham, Vanessa Redgrave, David O. Selznick, Igor Stravinsky, Gore Vidal, and many othersyet prove most revealing about the author himself. Isherwood moves easily from Beckett to Brando, from arthritis to aggression, from Tennessee Williams to foot powder, while referencing the political and historical events of the period: the anxieties of the Cold War, Yuri Gagarins spaceflight, the eruption of violence in Americas inner cities, the Vietnam War, the moon landing, and the Summer of Love. In his unparalleled chronicle, The Sixties, Christopher Isherwood turns his observant, unerring eye on the decade that, more than any other, has shaped the way we live now.
Katherine Bucknell is the editor of "The Animals "and four volumes of Christopher Isherwood's diaries.
Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) is the author of God Is Not Great, Hitch-22, and Why Orwell Matters.
“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.”