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Christopher Isherwood Summary

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Another novelist and Christopher Isherwood’s coeval, Angus Wilson, placed Isherwood at the moral center of their generation. Both terms, morality and generation, are useful in fixing Isherwood’s status: His voice, so clear and precise, is the voice of morality in a world gone chaotic; perhaps more than any other novelist of his time, he speaks for the generation of writers who first achieved prominence in the 1930’s. Isherwood’s documentary style, combined with a reserved yet persistent moral tone, makes the Berlin stories some of the best in the English language.