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Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995

Murdoch, Iris

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ISBN 10: 0701187050 / ISBN 13: 9780701187057
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Title: Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch ...

Publisher: Chatto & Windus

Binding: Hardcover

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Focusing on Iris Murdoch's life, this book includes letters that shows a great mind at work - we see the young Murdoch struggling with philosophical issues and witness her anguish when a novel won't come together. Num Pages: 688 pages. BIC Classification: 2AB; BGLA; BJ; DSBH; DSK. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 170 x 245 x 43. Weight in Grams: 990. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780701187057

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Synopsis: Here, for the first time, a selection of Iris Murdoch's most interesting and important letters has been collected together to give us a full, living portrait of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and thinkers. The letters show a great mind at work - we see the young Murdoch struggling with difficult philosophical issues, often unsure of herself intellectually; we witness her anguish as a mature writer when a novel won't come together; we see her reflecting on the intricacies of human relationships; we see her fulminating about world events and exploring spirituality. They also reveal her personal life, the subject of much speculation, in all its complexity: her sharp sense of humour, her hedonism, her irreverence, her emotional hunger and her tendency to live on the edge of what was socially acceptable. Gradually, we see the ways in which her complicated emotional life fed into her novels' plots and characters, despite her claims that her fictional characters were not drawn from real life. Full of previously unpublished letters, this is the most important publication about Murdoch since the wave of books published in the wake of her death.

About the Author: Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. During the war she was an Assistant Principal at the Treasury, and then worked with UNRRA in London, Belgium and Austria. She held a studentship in philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge, and then in 1948 she returned to Oxford, where she became a Fellow of St Anne's College. Until her death in February 1999, she lived with her husband, the teacher and critic John Bayley, in Oxford. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. In the 1997 PEN Awards she received the Gold Pen for Distinguished Service to Literature. Iris Murdoch made her writing debut in 1954 with Under the Net, and went on to write twenty-six novels, including the Booker prize-winning The Sea, The Sea (1978). Other literary awards include the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Black Prince (1973) and the Whitbread Prize (now the Costa Book Award) for The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (1974). Her works of philosophy include Sartre: Romantic Rationalist, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals (1992) and Existentialists and Mystics (1997) She wrote several plays including The Italian Girl (with James Saunders) and The Black Prince, adapted from her novels of the same name.

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