The love story of Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy is told through their letters, followed by an audio performance of A Meeting by the River, the play they adapted together from Isherwood’s last novel. The Animals is based on the book, The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy. The series is presented by Katherine Bucknell. Simon Callow is Christopher Isherwood and Alan Cumming is Don Bachardy. Anthony Page directs A Meeting by the River, starring Dominic West, Kyle Soller, Penelope Wilton and Annabel Mullion. The original music is composed by Edmund Jolliffe.
The eleven thirty-five minute episodes are available free. Listen on line at www.TheAnimalsPodcast.com or on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.
On November 12, 2015, at the Huntington Library, Armistead Maupin delivered a lecture about Christopher Isherwood, “My Logical Grandfather.” This charming, ribald, irresistibly personal presentation opened two days of scholarly papers from Isherwood scholars around the world: Lisa Colletta, Robert Caserio, Carola Kaplan, Bidhan Roy, Jamie Carr, Victor Marsh, Lois Cucullu, Jaimie Harker, Barrie Jean Borich, Katherine Bucknell, Doug Armato, and Wendy Moffat offered brilliant new thinking on Isherwood and his achievements. The two-day conference at the Huntington was convened by Chris Freeman and James Berg and sponsored by the Isherwood Foundation.
While the conference was on in Pasadena, Tina Mascara and Guido Santi’s documentary Chris and Don was screened at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, Friday evening, November 13.
The weekend culminated in Santa Monica on Saturday night November 14 with a gala fundraising dinner, “An Evening with Chris and Don.”
Isherwood in California
The Huntington Library Blog - Posted on November 5, 2015 by James J. Berg and Chris Freeman
In February 2013 Don Bachardy launched a new website, www.donbachardy.com
In September 2013, Chatto and Windus, London, released THE ANIMALS: LOVE LETTERS BETWEEN CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD AND DON BACHARDY. This hardcover edition is edited and introduced by Katherine Bucknell, editor of Isherwood’s diaries. It is available by order from Amazon.co.uk
On May 18, 2014, in honor of Don Bachardy's 80th birthday, Farrar Straus and Giroux, New York, released THE ANIMALS: LOVE LETTERS BETWEEN CHRISTOPHER ISHERWOOD AND DON BACHARDY. It is edited and introduced by Katherine Bucknell, editor of Isherwood’s diaries. THE ANIMALS is available as a Kindle book or in print from Amazon.co.uk
Photo by Florence Homolka, 1962
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