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
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Average rating: 3.82 · 69,172 ratings · 5,670 reviews · 78 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Sea, The Sea

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Under the Net

3.77 avg rating — 12,650 ratings — published 1954 — 60 editions
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The Bell

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3.89 avg rating — 6,274 ratings — published 1958 — 61 editions
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A Severed Head

3.74 avg rating — 4,416 ratings — published 1961 — 59 editions
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The Black Prince

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3.94 avg rating — 4,325 ratings — published 1973 — 68 editions
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The Unicorn

3.62 avg rating — 2,473 ratings — published 1963 — 37 editions
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The Nice and the Good

3.84 avg rating — 1,886 ratings — published 1968 — 35 editions
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A Fairly Honourable Defeat

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3.95 avg rating — 1,763 ratings — published 1970 — 23 editions
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The Green Knight

3.85 avg rating — 1,344 ratings — published 1993 — 28 editions
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The Good Apprentice

3.84 avg rating — 1,346 ratings — published 1985 — 24 editions
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More books by Iris Murdoch…
“Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.”
Iris Murdoch, Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature

“I think being a woman is like being Irish... Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the time.”
Iris Murdoch

“I hate solitude, but I'm afraid of intimacy. The substance of my life is a private conversation with myself which to turn into a dialogue would be equivalent to self-destruction. The company which I need is the company which a pub or a cafe will provide. I have never wanted a communion of souls. It's already hard enough to tell the truth to oneself.”
Iris Murdoch, Under the Net

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