A novel of adolescence, of family life among the New Poor, of atrocities witnessed at tea in the drawing room. A profound but not impartial book.
—Cyril Connolly

A fraught portrait of the post-WWI generation struggling to break free from the rigid social system that sustained the British Empire

All the Conspirators

Fiction by Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood was only twenty-one when he began his first novel, All the Conspirators, in 1926; it was published in England two years later. In his introduction to the first American edition (published by New Directions in 1958), Isherwood explains: “All the Conspirators records a minor engagement in what Shelley calls ‘the great war between the old and young.’ And what a war it was!”

All the Conspirators (like the classic Berlin Stories) grows out of a particular historical situation—the transformation of English life after WWI—but it is also the story of a young artist defying his mother's expectation that he will pursue a conventional middle-class profession. Isherwood’s portrayal of this passionate struggle is psychologically astute and subtly chilling.

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ISBN
9780811225120
Price US
15.95
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20.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
256

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ISBN
9780811222617

Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood was an English-American novelist who is best known for his novel A Single Man.

A novel of adolescence, of family life among the New Poor, of atrocities witnessed at tea in the drawing room. A profound but not impartial book.
—Cyril Connolly
In Isherwood's work, a magic potion of history and invention, the voice is clear, and, no matter how many times we hear it, it always seems to be speaking for the first time.
—Howard Moss, New York Times Book Review