Kathleen and Frank

Kathleen and Frank

The Autobiography of A Family

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Kathleen and Frank is a love story set in the glory days of the British Empire, the last decades before World War I

It is the story of Christopher Isherwood's parents, the winsome and lively daughter of a successful wine merchant and the reticent, artistically gifted soldier-son of a country squire. They met in 1895 outside a music rehearsal in an army camp and married in 1903 after Christopher's father returned from the Boer War. Frank was killed in an assault near Ypres in 1915; Kathleen remained a widow for the rest of her life.

Their story is told through letters and Kathleen's diary, with connecting commentary by Isherwood. Kathleen and Frank is a family memoir, but it is also a richly detailed social history of a period of striking change-- Queen Victoria's funeral, Bl#65533;riot's flight across the English Channel, Sarah Bernhardt's Hamlet , suffragettes, rising hemlines, the beginning of the Troubles in Ireland--the period that shaped Isherwood himself.

As a young man, Isherwood fled the tragedy that engulfed his parents' lives and threatened his own; in Kathleen and Frank, he reweaves the tapestry of family and heritage and places himself in the pattern.

Publisher: New York, New York :, Farrar, Straus & Giroux,, 2015, ©1971.
Edition: First Farrar, Straus and Giroux paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780374180973
Branch Call Number: 823 ISH I
Characteristics: 510 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm

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