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My Guru and His Disciple

Isherwood, Christopher

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ISBN 10: 0374217025 / ISBN 13: 9780374217020
Published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York, 1980
Condition: Very Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in non price-clipped dust-jacket. 338pp., First edition, first printing. Signed by author on title-page. Isherwood's memoir of his spiritual friend and mentor of over thirty years, Swami Prabhavananda. A clean, square, tight copy. No previous ownership marks of any kind. Light spotting to top edge from age, else a fine copy in a near fine dust-jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 006010

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Title: My Guru and His Disciple

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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"My Guru and His Disciple is a sweetly modest and honest portrait of Isherwood’s spiritual instructor, Swami Prabhavananda, the Hindu priest who guided Isherwood for some thirty years. It is also a book about the often amusing and sometimes painful counterpoint between worldliness and holiness in Isherwood’s own life. Sexual sprees, all-night drinking bouts, a fast car ride with Greta Garbo, script-writing conferences at M-G-M, and intellectual sparring sessions with Bertolt Brecht alternated with nights of fasting at the Vedanta Center and a six-month period of celibacy and sobriety. Seldom has a single man been endowed with such strong drives toward both sensuality and spirituality, abandon and discipline. . . . In these pages, Isherwood has reinvented the spirit of devotion for the modern reader."  Edmund White, New York Times Book Review

"This book is a humbling tribute to someone who revealed to Isherwood inner grounds for spiritual awareness." Alan Hollinghurst, New Statesman

A major figure in twentieth-century fiction and the gay rights movement, Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986) is the author of Down There on a Visit, Lions and Shadows, A Meeting by the River, The Memorial,  Prater Violet, A Single Man, and The World in the Evening, all available from the University of Minnesota Press.

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Christopher Isherwood (1902-86) lived in Berlin from 1928 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. Translator, biographer, novelist, and playwright, Isherwood is the author of over twenty books.

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