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The Influence of Vedanta on the Novels

  • Stephen Wade
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Part of the Macmillan Modern Novelists book series

Abstract

There have been many opinions voiced in the last decade concerning Isherwood’s ‘conversion’ (a term he disliked) to Vedanta, notably by Finney and Fryer in their biographies. However, these have not attempted to unite the autobiographical evidence with the themes of his work since Prater Violet (1946) Many appraisals of his religious life have been prejudiced by the general reaction to his abandonment of Britain and his settlement in America at the beginning of World War II — perhaps the first satire on him being Evelyn Waugh’s references to Parsnip and Pimpernel (Auden and Isherwood) in Put Out More Flags.

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Notes

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