Christopher Isherwood's (born August 26) Goodbye to Berlin was originally published in 1945 as part of The Berlin Stories, two novellas set in Berlin during the time when Hitler was coming into power. Goodbye to Berlin was the basis for the play I Am a Camera and the musical Cabaret, both about the character Sally Bowles, and both were made into award-winning films. Interestingly, Sally Bowles is only in one of the chapters of Goodbye to Berlin.
The play and film version of I Am a Camera starred Julie Harris, who died on the eve of Isherwood’s birthday this year. Harris was considered a titan of American theater. Ben Brantley of the NY Times wrote a lovely remembrance of her.
Isherwood’s life-before and with artist Don Bachardy-is one well examined. He wrote ten novels, including A Single Man and many of his diaries & memoirs were published including the memoir Christopher and His Kind. There’s a wonderful interview with Isherwood in a 1974 issue of The Paris Review. (FYI: the book pictured is from my collection.)