The Isherwood Century: Essays on the Life and Work of Christopher Isherwood

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James J. Berg, Chris Freeman
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 293 pages
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Painful Inheritance is the first comprehensive examination of the impact of single motherhood on the physical and mental health of women and their children. Based on solid scientific information, it documents serious, long-term health consequences associated with the poverty and social disorganization in which such families often live.
Ronald J. Angel and Jacqueline L. Angel show that the elevated health risks associated with single motherhood are largely the result of factors related to social class, including early motherhood and chronic poverty. They demonstrate the dependency of single mothers and their children on health-related social welfare programs and document how under Social Security and Medicare the old have benefited economically at the expense of the young. Today, poverty is concentrated among families with children, a disproportionate number of which are fatherless. The evidence presented here makes it clear that the physical, mental, and social health consequences of that poverty will be felt by society for generations to come.
The Angels look at the potential consequences of legislative changes in health-related federal and state welfare programs, and they assess the effects that coming changes in the organization and financing of medical care will have on the health of poor, single women and their children. In revealing the complexity of the situation, Painful Inheritance communicates a clear message that the worsening economic circumstances of poor, minority fatherless families simply cannot be ignored if many members of our future generations are not to suffer some degree of physical or mental impairment.
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Contents

The Isherwood Century
3
Meeting Isherwood
12
Isherwood in Los Angeles
31
Ish circa 19591963
54
Reading from Isherwoods Letter circa 19591963
61
My Isherwood My Bachardy
71
Isherwood as Mentor
77
A Life Open to
91
Isherwood in the Thirties
150
Isherwood
162
Shifting Fronts
172
Isherwoods Revision
187
A Single Man Then and
196
Isherwood and the Violet Quill
203
2l Christopher under the Wishing Tree
221
Sex and Salvation
236

The True Story The Artist as Monster
108
Isherwood and Bachardy
121
Deathwatch
128
Aunt Mary Uncle Henry and AntiAncestral
139
An Interview
259
Bibliography
283
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James J. Berg is dean of social sciences and arts at College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California. Chris Freeman is lecturer of English at the University of Southern California.

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