Christopher (Bradshaw-Isherwood) Isherwood

Christopher William (Bradshaw-Isherwood) Isherwood (1904 - 1986)

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Christopher William Isherwood formerly Bradshaw-Isherwood
Born in Wyberslegh Hall, High Lane, Cheshire, England, United Kingdommap
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Died in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood was born at Wyberslegh Hall, High Lane, close to the Cheshire–Derbyshire border, England.[1] His birth was registered at Stockport, Cheshire during the 3rd Quarter of 1904.[2] He was baptized on 27 Sept 1904 at Disley, Cheshire. He was the child of Francis Edward Bradshaw-Isherwood and Kathleen Machell.[3]

In 1911, Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood lived at Frimley Lodge, Guildford Road, Frimley Green, Farnborough Hants, Surrey, England, with his parents Francis Edward Bradshaw Isherwood and Kathleen Machell Bradshaw Isherwood. Francis was a retired Captain, 2/York and Lancaster, Retired 19 years.[4]

After attending preparatory school and public school, Isherwood studied t Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[1] "In 1925, Isherwood was asked to leave Cambridge University after writing joke answers on his second-year exams."[5]

Isherwood was a British-American writer. His most well-known works were semi-autobiographical short stories written about his experiences in Berlin, where he lived from 1929 until 1933. Bucknell states that he there "enthusiastically explored his homosexuality."[5] A 1939 short story, "Goodbye to Berlin," was the basis for the Broadway musical and movie, "Cabaret."[1] After leaving Germany, he traveled around Asia and across the United States, finally emigrating to the United States with W. H. Auden in January 1939. While Auden stayed in Manhattan, isherwood moved to Hollywood, where he became a devout Hindu and disciple of Swami Prabhavananda. He remained a Hindu for the rest of his life[5]

He was a pacifist, and during World War 2, he worked at at Quaker refuge in Pennsylvania.[1] Isherwood became a united States citizen in 1946.

"In 1953, he fell in love with Don Bachardy, an eighteen-year-old college student born and raised in Los Angeles. They were to remain together until Isherwood’s death."[5]

Wikipedia: Isherwood

You can read Katherine Bucknell's complete biography of Isherwood at The Isherwood Foundation's [website.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Christopher Isherwood Is Dead at 81". The New York Times. 6 January 1986, Page B7, Col. 1. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood, 1904; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Stockport, Cheshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 22 February 2018, Christopher William Bradshaw-Isherwood, ); citing Disley, Cheshire, England, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 950,400.
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 August 2017), Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood in household of Francis Edward Bradshaw Isherwood, Frimley, Farnborough Hampshire, Surrey, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey. Piece: 3108; Schedule Number: 66;p Page 1, Line 3
    Francis Edward Bradshaw Isherwood, 41 b. Leamington, Warwickshire; Kathleen Machell Bradshaw Isherwood, 41 b. Bury St Edmund, Suffolk; Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood, 6 b. High Lane, Cheshire.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Bucknell, Katherine "Biography" The Christopher Isherwood Foundation website. Accessed on 22 May 2018 at [Biography]

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