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Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood was an English-American novelist.
Born: August 26, 1904, Wyberslegh Hall, United Kingdom
Died: January 4, 1986, Santa Monica, California, United States
Movies: A Single Man, Christopher and His Kind, Cabaret, more
Siblings: Richard Isherwood
Plays: The Dog Beneath the Skin, On the Frontier, The Ascent of F6
Lived: 24 Wybersley Rd, High Lane, Stockport SK6 8HB, UK (53.36556, -2.05745)
36 St Mary Abbot’s Terrace, W14
19 Pembroke Gardens, W8
Institute for Sexual Science, In der Zelten 10, Tiergarten, Berlin
Wassertorstraße 21a, Berlin
Admiralstraße 38, Berlin
Nollendorfstraße 17, 10777 Berlin, Germany
George Washington Hotel, 23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010
145 Adelaide Dr, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA (34.02865, -118.51404)
Studied: King's College London
University of Cambridge
Buried: Body Donated to the UCLA Medical School
Anniversary: February 14, 1953

Christopher Isherwood was an Anglo-American novelist. Donald Jess "Don" Bachardy is an American portrait artist. On Valentine's Day 1953, at the age of 48, Isherwood met teenaged Don Bachardy among a group of friends on the beach at Santa Monica. Reports of Bachardy's age at the time vary, but Bachardy later said, "At the time I was, probably, 16." In fact, Bachardy was 18. Despite the age difference, this meeting began a partnership that, though interrupted by affairs and separations, continued until the end of Isherwood's life. The two became a well-known and well-established couple in Southern Californian society with many Hollywood friends. Isherwood's finest achievement was his 1964 novel A Single Man that depicted a day in the life of George, a middle-aged, gay Englishman who is a professor at a Los Angeles university, and probably inspired by a temporary split between Isherwood and Bachardy. The 2008 film Chris & Don: A Love Story chronicled Isherwood and Bachardy's lifelong relationship.
Together from 1953 to 1986: 33 years.
Christopher Isherwood (August 26, 1904 - January 4, 1986)
Don Bachardy (born May 18, 1934)
Anniversary: February 14, 1953



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Wyberslegh Hall (sometimes spelled Wybersley Hall) is a large house dating from the XVI century, on the edge of the village of High Lane. Now in private ownership, Wyberslegh Hall was formerly the home of eldest sons of the Bradshaw family. Of unusual design, it has castellated gables with a rather ungainly castellated wall between them, above the main entrance: hardly a handsome house but an historic one. The author Christopher Isherwood was born there.
Address: 24 Wybersley Rd, High Lane, Stockport SK6 8HB, UK (53.36556, -2.05745)
Type: Private Property
English Heritage Building ID: 441908 (Grade II, 1967)
Place
Built in XVIII century and later.
Dressed roughly coursed stone with slate roof. 2-bay central range with projecting gabled crosswings to either side, all of 2 storeys. Central studded door with moulded- ashlar surround and a 3-light casement window with plain stone surround on either side to each floor. Each wing projects considerably and has a segmental arched recess with sash windows on the upper level and a door to the left on the lower level. The windows have flat stone keystone arches. The gables and parapet are castellated. 4 similar window openings to left elevation one of which is blind. The rear has 3 gabled bays, one of which is XX century and brick.
Life
Who: Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood (August 26, 1904 – January 4, 1986)
Christopher Isherwood was an English novelist. Isherwood was born in 1904 on his family's estate close to the Cheshire-Derbyshire border. He was the elder son of Frank Bradshaw Isherwood, a professional soldier who fought in the Boer War, by his wife Kathleen (née Machell Smith), whose family were successful merchants. Frank Isherwood was the son of John Henry Isherwood, head of the landed gentry family of Isherwood of Marple Hall and Wyberslegh Hall, Cheshire, and a descendant of the regicide John Bradshaw. The Isherwood family estates came into their possession on the marriage of Mary Bradshaw (of the family that had held them for centuries) to Nathaniel Isherwood, a felt-maker from Bolton, Lancashire, in the early 1700s.



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In the summer of 1929, Christopher Isherwood’s mother, Kathleen, decided that the family should leave 36 St Mary Abbot’s Terrace, W14. She hadn’t cared much for the house since the death of her mother Emily, and now it was getting noisy and shook continually as the traffic along Kensington High Street grew heavier, year by year. In 1934-1935, the Terrace was demolished and a big block of flats was built on its site. They moved into 19 Pembroke Gardens, W8. Pembroke Gardens were only a few minutes’ walk away, on the south side of the High Street, leading out of Edwardes Square. Number 19 was a smaller but much pleasanter house than the other, and the street was very quiet. Toward the end of 1929, Christopher settled down in Berlin and only returned to London on fairly short visits.



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Christopher Isherwood arrived in Berlin in March, 1929, for a weeks holiday to visit his friend W.H. Auden. He visited the city three times in that year and it was in November that he chose to stay indefinitely. His first permanent residence was in a room in an apartment at Magnus Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science at In der Zelten 10, in the Tiergarten district of the city (no longer existing near the House of World Cultures). He stayed there until October, 1930, when he briefly moved in with his boyfriend, Otto Nowak, a young working-class Berliner, and this latter family to Wassertorstraße 21a, near Hallesches Tor (was actually Simeonstraße, no longer existing near St. Simeon Church). From there, a month later, he moved into an apartment at Admiralstraße 38, near Kotbusser Tor. In December, 1930, he moved into the boarding house of Fraulein Thurau at Nollendorfstraße 17.



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The George Washington Hotel was a hotel and boarding house (23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010) open in 1928. The building was occupied by many famous writers, musicians, and poets including W. H. Auden, who called it “the nicest hotel in town,” and Christopher Isherwood who lived there in the 1930s. Much of the space is currently under sublease to the School of Visual Arts except for apartments still occupied by original (non-student) tenants who pay stabilized rent, and who are still protected under NYC rent laws.



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The residence at 145 Adelaide Drive was home to acclaimed author Christopher Isherwood and his partner, artist Don Bachardy, for thirty years.
Address: 145 Adelaide Dr, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA (34.02865, -118.51404)
Type: Private Property
Place
As Christopher Isherwood's home for three decades, the house on Adelaide Drive was the backdrop to the creation of seminal works within the fields of literature, theater, television, and fine art. In 1963, the residence played a key role in events that would later inspire Isherwood's most famous novel, “A Single Man.” Following an incident with Don Bachardy that nearly ended their relationship, Isherwood temporarily moved out of the home that they had shared for seven years. It was this event, as well as Isherwood's jealousy around Bachardy's affairs and the emotional turmoil that followed, that served as creative material for “A Single Man.”
Life
Who: Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood (August 26, 1904 – January 4, 1986)
Born near Manchester, England in 1904, Isherwood became a U.S. citizen in 1946 and lived in Southern California until his death in 1986. Professionally, Isherwood was a well-known novelist, playwright, screenwriter, autobiographer, and diarist. He identified as gay and often explored this identity as a central theme in his literary work. One of his most celebrated accomplishments was his classic American novel, “A Single Man,” which was published in 1964. Isherwood was good friends with Dr. Evelyn Hooker and lived with her at 400 South Saltair Avenue from 1952 to 1953. In 1953, Isherwood met and fell in love with Don Bachardy, considered by many as Los Angeles' most celebrated portrait painter. Despite their thirty-year age difference, the couple lived together in this hillside residence from 1956 until Isherwood's death. Isherwood died at age 81 in 1986 in Santa Monica, California, from prostate cancer. His body was donated to the UCLA Medical School. Over the course of their relationship, Isherwood and Bachardy collaborated on many artistic projects, including the television film “Frankenstein: The True Story” and their diary-portrait series “October.”



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