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Iris Murdoch: A Life

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  154 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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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Jan 18, 2008 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I'm an Iris Murdoch nut,and this biography was completely engrossing. The author had a very respectful and clear understanding of her novels and her philosophy.
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
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.

Truly inspirational.
Lara Stilling
First half is hard to get through. Second half is why you worked your way through the first half.
Sooooooo worth it!
An insightful biography. Oh, and I sold this cover image :)
Mills College Library
Biog M9744c 2001
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