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All The Conspirators

All The Conspirators

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.

Paperback
182 pages
New Directions, 2016 
Originally Published in 1928
Out of Print
5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
ISBN 9780811225120

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