A Life on Trial
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Published in: March-April 2005 issue.


IsherwoodIsherwood: A Life Revealed
by Peter Parker
Random House. 815 pages, $39.95


DIARIES ARE curious things. They are private records, but when they document the lives of public figures, those divisions become murky. In the case of Anglo-American writer Christopher Isherwood (1904–86), whose diaries exceed a million words—hundreds of thousands of which have already been published—they can be downright damning. And so they often are in a new biography that will, for better or worse, be the definitive biography of one of the most important literary chroniclers of the 20th century.

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Chris Freeman is co-editor, with James Berg, of The Isherwood Century (2000) and Conversations with Christopher Isherwood (2001).