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Title

Rereading Down There on a Visit: The Christopher Who Was Encounters the Christopher Who Might Have Been

Document Type

Essay

Citation

Kaplan, Carola M. "Rereading Down There on a Visit: The Christopher Who Was Encounters the Christopher Who Might Have Been." In Isherwood in Transit, edited by James J. Berg, Chris Freeman, and Christopher Bram, 143-53. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2020.

Annotation

Considers the influence of The Sun Also Rises on Christopher Isherwood's composition of a semi-autobiographical series of vignettes, Down There on a Visit (1959). Notes how Isherwood admired Hemingway's characters and sought to emulate them in his novel, or at least said as much in his own diary. Explores how he crafted "anti-heroic" heroes in order to counter the code-hero ways of manhood in Hemingway's works, and how "Hemingway and Isherwood responded to their postwar malaise in diametrically opposed ways." Continues with a deep reading of Isherwood's novel.

Published in

Isherwood in Transit

Date

2020

Pages

143-153

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