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Christopher Isherwood
Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood (August 26, 1904 – January 4, 1986) was an Anglo-American novelist. The son of a British Lieutenant-Colonel belonging to the upper gentry, he was born in his family's ancestral seat, Wyberslegh Hall, High Lane, near Stockport in the northwest of England, and spent his childhood in various towns where his father was stationed. After his father was killed in the First World War, he settled with his mother in London and at Wyberslegh. At Repton School he met his lifelong friend Edward Upward, with whom he wrote the extravagant "Mortmere" stories, of which only one was published during his lifetime (a few others appeared after his death). He deliberately failed his tripos and left Cambridge without a degree in 1925. For the next few years he lived in the home of the violinist André Mangeot while working as secretary to Mangeot's string quartet; he wrote a book of nonsense poems, People One Ought to Know (not published until 1982), with illustrations by Mangeot's eleven-year-old son, Sylvain.

the common cormorant
The common cormorant (or shag)
Lays eggs inside a paper bag,
You follow the idea, no doubt... [read poem]
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