Modern First Editions (1937)

Isherwood, Christopher

Mr. Norris Changes Trains

Published: The Hogarth Press

Date: 1937

June, 1937 new edition of Isherwood's third novel with, on the title page, a line through his printed name & his signature beneath; "Inspiration for the novel was drawn from Isherwood's experiences as an expatriate living in Berlin during the early 1930's and the character of Mr Norris is based on Gerald Hamilton. Originally planned as a much more comprehensive and conceptual work, Isherwood jettisoned much of the material and many of the characters to focus on Norris. Initially Isherwood planned to write the novel in the third person, but when he decided to narrow the novel's focus to Norris he changed to first person. He believed this would allow the reader to 'experience' Mr Norris as Isherwood had experienced Gerald Hamilton."; this novel & 'Goodbye to Berlin' provided the inspiration for the play 'I Am a Camera' (1951), the 1955 film 'I Am a Camera' (both starring Julie Harris), the Broadway musical 'Cabaret' (1966) and the film (1972) of the same name. a sound copy though with some wear to spine edges & corners; two newspaper clippings from the time of Isherwood's death are loosely inserted; 280 pages.

Provenance
from the library of Frank Thistlethwaite (Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia from 1961 to 1980) who has signed the fep with the date November 6th 1937; A fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, Thistlethwaite served as a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Politics at the University of Cambridge from 1949-61 & was founding chairman of the British Association for American Studies (1955-59). As a young man he went from St. John's, on a Commonwealth fellowship, to the University of Minnesota & lived in America until the second world war which is probably where he met Isherwood.

Condition
good, no d/j.

Binding
Blue Cloth

£250

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