Iris: The Life of Iris Murdoch

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 706 pages
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Iris: A Life of Iris Murdoch is already regarded as the standard, authorized biography of one of the most important female novelists and thinkers of the twentieth century. Three years after her death, Iris Murdoch has begun to fascinate a whole new generation of readers, and a movie about her life was released in early 2002. In this critically acclaimed biography, Peter Conradi assesses the intellectual and cultural legacy of a remarkable woman "at the center of our culture" (A. S. Byatt). Published in hardcover as Iris Murdoch: A Life. "Conradi's infectious fascination with Murdoch and stirring insights into her work make this a superb cornerstone biography. (Booklist starred review) "A marvel of sympathy and intelligence."--Washington Post "Murdoch herself comes alive in all her contradictions."--Commonweal "A groundbreaking volume to which future biographers of Murdoch will be deeply indebted."--Choice
 

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Contents

19191944
1
16161925
3
19251932
33
19321938
57
19381939
82
19391942
109
19421943
135
19431944
164
19531956
376
INNOCENCE REGAINED Wise Child 19561999
407
19561961
409
19611965
437
19651969
467
19701978
497
19711978
527
19781994
551

INNOCENCE LOST Storm and Stress 19441956
197
19441946
199
19461947
231
19471948
261
19481952
288
19511952
317
19521956
345
19941999
586
Afterword
595
NOTES
599
BIBLIOGRAPHY
661
INDEX
677
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Peter J. Conradi, co-executor of Murdoch's literary estate, is the author of a biography of Angus Wilson as well as critical studies of Dostoevsky and Murdoch. He lives in London.

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