In the 1930s, Italian writer Christopher Ishewood had his first major literary success with his play The Fiddler on the Roof, which was adapted into the 1929 film version.
It also was one of the first Italian plays to be nominated for an Oscar for best picture.
In the decades since, Ishely’s plays have been adapted into films, television shows, plays, and novels.
Ishelly’s career as a writer spans decades and spans the entire literary spectrum, from the dark and gothic of The Fiddle to the literary sensibility of The Master.
In this excerpt from his new book, How to Be a Literary Star, he explores his influences and influences in literature.
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