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The life and work of Christopher Isherwood, as reprised in Christopher and His Kind, was "the voice of humanism in a bad time," Vidal says. The time was pre-World War II, when Isherwood lived in a free-and-easy Berlin with his lover, Heinz, who he later married. The book covers the period of 1929-'39, and is a sequel to Lines and Shadows, published in 1938. Worldwide fame came to Isherwood with the publication of Goodbye to Berlin in 1939, and its opening line: "I am a camera."

In his life in pre-war Berlin, according to his poet friend Stephen Spender, Isherwood was sometimes depressed or silent in social situations where the people who served as models for his characters were very much alive. Vidal says Isherwood, as one of the rebels who rejected British university and...

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