Sordid subheading

July 23, 2004

The subheading of Jeffrey Meyers' review of Peter Parker's biography of Christopher Isherwood (Books, July 16) describes him as "a sordid homosexual with 400 lovers". To conjoin "sordid" and "homosexual" in this timeworn homophobic phrase is unacceptable. An apology is required.

Matthew Waites
Sheffield Hallam University

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