Iris Murdoch





Iris Murdoch


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
July 15, 1919

Died
February 08, 1999

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Dame Jean Iris Murdoch

Irish-born British writer, university lecturer and prolific and highly professional novelist, Iris Murdoch dealt with everyday ethical or moral issues, sometimes in the light of myths. As a writer, she was a perfectionist who did not allow editors to change her text. Murdoch produced 26 novels in 40 years, the last written while she was suffering from Alzheimer disease.

"She wanted, through her novels, to reach all possible readers, in different ways and by different means: by the excitement of her story, its pace and its comedy, through its ideas and its philosophical implications, through the numinous atmosphere of her own original and created world--the world she must have glimpsed as she considered and planned her f
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Average rating: 3.81 · 50,521 ratings · 3,503 reviews · 73 distinct works · Similar authors
The Sea, the Sea

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3.90 avg rating — 11,635 ratings — published 1978 — 53 editions
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Under the Net

3.76 avg rating — 9,726 ratings — published 1954 — 46 editions
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The Bell

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3.85 avg rating — 4,367 ratings — published 1958 — 50 editions
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A Severed Head

3.74 avg rating — 3,303 ratings — published 1961 — 40 editions
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The Black Prince

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3.92 avg rating — 3,044 ratings — published 1973 — 47 editions
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The Unicorn

3.63 avg rating — 1,718 ratings — published 1963 — 25 editions
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The Nice and the Good

3.84 avg rating — 1,392 ratings — published 1968 — 29 editions
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A Fairly Honourable Defeat

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3.93 avg rating — 1,323 ratings — published 1970 — 15 editions
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The Green Knight

3.86 avg rating — 1,120 ratings — published 1993 — 24 editions
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The Good Apprentice

3.86 avg rating — 1,076 ratings — published 1985 — 19 editions
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More books by Iris Murdoch…
“Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.”
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“I think being a woman is like being Irish... Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the time.”
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“Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.”
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