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All The Conspirators

All The Conspirators

All The Conspirators

By Christopher Isherwood

"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

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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182 pages
New Directions, 2016 
Originally published in 1928
5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
ISBN 9780811225120

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