Lions and Shadows

An Education in the Twenties


Christopher Isherwood


The Hogarth Press, London, 1938
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Printing Details

First edition. Hardback, bound in the original blue cloth with printed titling to spine. 18.5 × 12.5cm, 312pp.

Lions and Shadows blends autobiography and fiction to describe the inner life of a writer evolving from precocious public school boy to Cambridge drop-out at large in London’s Bohemia. It contains thinly veiled portraits of Isherwood’s contemporaries Auden, Upward, and Spender, whose intimate friendships and cult of rebellion shaped the literary identity of England in the 1930s. Witty and outrageous, Isherwood pokes fun at the stars of his generation, above all himself, even as he testifies to their unique early gifts.


A good reading copy. The blue cloth is darkened to the spine, rubbed and bumped to the corners and spine ends and has a little fraying to the rear joint. The contents, however, are in good strong readable condition.



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