A Single Man

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This page is about the novel by Christopher Isherwood. For the 2009 film, see A Single Man (film).


Title A Single Man
Author(s) Christopher Isherwood
Published 1964
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A Single Man, by Christopher Isherwood, was first published in 1964 and is considered a classic of LGBT literature.

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to sunny suburban 1960s Southern California. George is a gay middle-aged English professor, adjusting to solitude after the tragic death of his young partner. He is determined to persist in the routines of his former life. A Single Man follows him over the course of an ordinary twenty-four hours. Behind his British reserve, tides of grief, rage, and loneliness surge―but what is revealed is a man who loves being alive despite all the everyday injustices.

When Christopher Isherwood's A Single Man first appeared, it shocked many with its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in maturity. Isherwood's favorite of his own novels, it now stands as a classic lyric meditation on life as an outsider.


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