Summary

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.