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ISHERWOOD, Christopher.

Mr. Norris Changes Trains.

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Published: London published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 1935

Stock Code: 99351

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First edition, first impression, Roger Senhouse's copy, inscribed by him in the month of publication in pencil on the front free endpaper, "Roger Senhouse, Feb /35", and in ballpoint on the front flap of the jacket "Jacket designed by John Banting". Senhouse has also discreetly noted under the front flap of the jacket the names Gerald Hamilton and Janzi Wolfner, identifying the models for the two key characters in the novel of Arthur Norris and Baron Kuno von Pregnitz.
The model for Norris was the remarkable Gerald Hamilton (1890-1970), sometimes known as "the wickedest man in Europe", whose character Isherwood returned to in his 1976 memoir Christopher and His Kind. Baron Janos "Jansci" Wolfner was "a well-known character in the international gay set a Hungarian nobleman with a monocle, described by Burroughs as 'a very purposeful fascist-minded elitist' Wolfner was who you went to to get boys With the rise of the Nazis, Wolfner obviously had to get out. He returned to London, but his old famous friends who had been delighted to receive his hospitality in Budapest shunned him, and he ended his life in much-reduced circumstances" (Miles).
Roger Senhouse (1899-1970), writer, publisher, and translator of French works by Colette and others, had been Lytton Strachey's last lover, with whom he had a secretly sado-masochistic relationship. In the year of this publication Senhouse became co-owner with Fredric Warburg of the publishing house which became Secker & Warburg, rescuing it from receivership.
"After a brief and unenthusiastic period studying medicine at King's College, London (October 1928March 1929), Isherwood followed Auden to Berlin, partly in order to pursue a homosexual life in the unfettered atmosphere of the Weimar republic. He witnessed the rise of Nazism, and wrote two classic novels of the era, Mr Norris Changes Trains (1935) and Goodbye to Berlin (1939). Both were sardonic tragi-comedies" (ODNB). The first edition print run was 1,730 copies.

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Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in black. With the dust jacket designed by John Banting.


Front panel of jacket professionally reattached, spine heavily toned, panels somewhat soiled, nicks and chips; spine of binding cocked and lightly sunned; stain to lower fore-corner of jacket, binding and final four leaves, also to lower margin of some 30 leaves (pp. 81-142).


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