Prater Violet, Signed Presentation by Christopher Isherwood
[Signed, Presentation] Isherwood, Christopher. Prater Violet. Second Printing. 1945. Book and dust jacket are both in very good minus condition—jacket shows minor soiling, light chipping, and minor tears. This copy was once property of the U.S. Naval Hospital with its bookstamp, but its most recent owner was Oscar Janiger, the famed Los Angeles psychiatrist who administered LSD therapy to A-List Hollywood personalities like Cary Grant. Isherwood was one of his patients, and he has inscribed this copy to Janiger and his wife, “For Oscar & Vijali, with love from Chris, September 19, 1982.”
This semi-autobiographical novel is set in Hollywood on the brink of World War II and involves a screenwriter’s attempts to assist a brilliant Austrian director, a war refugee, make a commercially successful film.
“It seemed to me that I had always done whatever people recommended. You were born; it was like entering a restaurant. The waiter came forward with a lot of suggestions. You said, ‘What do you advise?’ And you ate it, and supposed you like it, because it was expensive, or out of season, or had been a favorite of King Edward the Seventh.”