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Iris Murdoch: A Life
In "Iris Murdoch," Peter Conradi assesses the remarkable intellectual and cultural legacy of the celebrated philosopher and beloved novelist. Depicting her personal life in extraordinary detail -- her student days at Oxford, her Communist activities, her early affairs, and her enduring marriage to John Bayley -- he also deftly interprets her philosophical works and twenty- ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 20th 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company
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With this one might call oneself Murdoctrinated. Fascinating book, but the writing is a little too much like talking to a distracted narrator. Often the chapters dart around in time and idea and don't clearly tie the relations together. There is a LOT of information in this book. I do feel however like I understand something of her philosophy, personality, and intentions in writing as she did. In that sense I feel like a better Murdoch reader. As with her writing I find myself dwelling on variou ...more
Nov 07, 2008 Velvetink rated it 5 of 5 stars
Enjoying this bio tremendously so far. Not just a bio but gives a fair critique of her work for those who don't know her a good introduction. Not quite finished but extracts of her writing & journals are really inspiring me. I also had no clue she was bisexual.