Iris Murdoch


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
July 15, 1919

Died
February 08, 1999

Genre

Influences


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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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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Polls

January 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  17 votes, 29.3%

 
  7 votes, 12.1%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  7 votes, 12.1%

1958, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, 209 pages
 
  6 votes, 10.3%

1951, The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, 160 pages
 
  5 votes, 8.6%

 
  4 votes, 6.9%

 
  3 votes, 5.2%

 
  3 votes, 5.2%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 305 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.4%

 
  2 votes, 3.4%

 
  1 vote, 1.7%

 
  1 vote, 1.7%

1928, Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh, 300 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

1958, The Bell by Iris Murdoch, 320 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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