Christopher Isherwood: A Critical Biography

by Brian Finney.Oxford, $13.95. Christopher Isherwood has frankly acknowledged that his novels are highly autobiographical and also that he has never hesitated to alter the facts of his experience or the characters of the people he met when he made fictional use of them. With that information on the record, there is not much to be gained from Mr. Finney’s laborious disentanglement of reality and invention in Isherwood’s work. The interesting question is why, precisely, specific changes were made, and it remains unanswered. Notes, bibliography, index, illustrations.