Preparations for the marriage of Edward Lannion and Marian Berran are under way. As the guests anticipate the festivities, a mysterious note from Marian is discovered and she disappears. From the background emerges Jackson, a servant, who seems able to change the workings of destiny.
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Irish Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919, grew up in London, and received her university education at Oxford and later at Cambridge. Since 1948 she has been a Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford, where for many years she taught philosophy. She lives in Oxford with her husband, John Bayley. Irish Murdoch made her debut as a writer in 1954 with Under the Net. Amongst the honours and awards she has received since then are the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Literary Award and the Booker Prize; in 1987 she was made a Dame of the British Empire. Her twenty-five novels include: Under the Net, her first novel, published in 1954, the Booker Prize-winning The Sea, The Sea (1978), and the two most recent titles: The Message to the Planet (1989) and The Green Knight (1993). Iris Murdoch has written several works of philosophy which include Satre, Romantic Rationalist; The Sovereignty of Good; The Fire and the Sun: Why Plato Banished the Artists; Acastos: Two Platonic Dialogues and Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals. Her plays include A Severed Head, The Italian Girl, The Three Arrows, The Servants and the Snow, The One Alone, a radio play with music by Gary Carpenter, and The Black Prince, adapted from her novel. She has also written the libretto for an opera, The Servants, by William Matthias, and has published a volume of poetry, A Year of Birds, which has been set to music by Malcolm Williamson.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140254463