Sunday, April 6, 2014

This is a photo of Christopher Isherwood (right) and his lover, Don Bachardy.

Ishwerwood was a 49-year-old writer in 1953. He was openly gay, and wrote stunning books about the lives of gay men. He'd written 17 novels, including Mr Norris Changes Trains (1935) and Sally Bowles (1937), which became the basis for the play and film Cabaret.

Ishwerwood was working on his latest novel, The World in the Evening, when he met the 18-year-old Bachardy at a beach party bonfire in Santa Monica, California. Ishwerwood was tall, lean, and craggy with a salt-and-pepper buzzcut. He was insecure, nervous, and full of nervous energy. Bachardy was a handsome, muscular, dirty-blond All American Boy. They fell in love, and remained together for more than 50 years. Bachardy became an able draftsman, and then a noted portraitist and painter. Their life is sweetly discussed in the book Eminent Outlaws (a biographical and history work about the 20th century's greatest gay male writers).

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