Auden and Isherwood leaving for China in 1938


This photograph, taken on 19 January 1938, shows W H Auden and Christopher Isherwood on board a train at London’s Victoria station. They were about to embark on a trip to China, which was then in the second year of its war against Japan. On the day of their departure the press congregated at Victoria Station in London to report on their expedition.

Auden and Isherwood had accepted an offer by Random House to write a book on China, which was published as Journey to a War in 1939. The book contained verse by Auden, prose largely by Isherwood, and a series of war photographs.

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