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-six novels with brilliant clarity and insight. Murdoch emerges as a writer who in her early years imagined herself as the heir to George Eliot but later found a kinship with Dostoevsky's fantastic realism, his obsessions with sadomasochism, and his philosophical fascination with moral anarchy. Relying on ninety-five hitherto unseen diaries, hundreds of interviews, and thousands of letters, Conradi has written a riveting biography that is as much an absorbing history of literary England from 1940 to the present as it is a vivid depiction of one of our greatest twentieth-century writers.
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Review: Iris Murdoch: A LifeUser Review - Pip - Goodreads
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 ... Read full review
Review: Iris Murdoch: A LifeUser Review - Lara Stilling - Goodreads
First half is hard to get through. Second half is why you worked your way through the first half. Sooooooo worth it! Read full review