Lions and Shadows

dust jacket of "Lions and Shadows"
Bruce Peel Library

Rights Holder

Penguin Random House Archive and Library


Christopher Isherwood


Described as "part autobiography, part fiction," Isherwood's book describes his young life in the 1920s. It is titled after his unpublished first novel, and its main purpose, according to the author's preface, is to describe Isherwood's education, rather than to reveal sallacious personal details, though he suggests that in order to be of interest to the reader, he had to dress things up in the clothes of fiction. Like many such prefaces, Isherwood's must be taken with a grain of salt, and his advice to "read it as a novel" is clearly a difficult directive to follow in the face of what reads like a fairly conventional autobiography with an insistently vivid first-person voice.



Original Language


Publication Date