Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995

Murdoch, Iris

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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 #

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Synopsis: ‘Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real’

This selection of Iris Murdoch’s most interesting and important letters gives us a living portrait of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers and thinkers. Here for the first time is Murdoch in her own words, from her schoolgirl days to her last years.

The letters show a great mind at work – we watch the young Murdoch struggling with philosophical issues, often unsure of herself; witness her anguish when a novel won’t come together; observe her involved in world events and exploring sensuality. They are full of sharp humour and irreverence. They also reveal her personal life, the subject of much speculation, in all its intriguing complexity: her emotional hunger and her tendency to live on the edge of what was socially acceptable. Gradually, we see how this fed into her novels’ plots and characters, despite her claims that her fiction was not drawn from reality.

Quite apart from giving these valuable insights, her letters bring us closer than ever before to Iris Murdoch as a person. They make for an extraordinary and intimate reading experience: she is wonderful company.

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"This collection of letters provides a fascinating insight into the life of a complex and important novelist. It is a wonderful book."--Alexander McCall Smith

"I remember seeing Iris Murdoch toward the end of her life at a party: despite her illness, her expression was joyous, serene, and intent--almost Buddha-like. These qualities come through strongly in this remarkable collection of letters. We find a passionate engagement with the world of ideas, but most of all with friends, lovers, and pupils. These letters reveal Murdoch's extraordinary talent for affection, exuberant sense of fun, razor-sharp intelligence, and acute awareness of the transcendent."--Karen Armstrong, author of The Spiral Staircase

"Few writers comprehend the murky human messiness of desire like Iris Murdoch, or could plot like her, and these letters show us why. Her life--the multiple lovers, the emotional strain, the terrible food, the nuns and prizes and philosophy--was chaos. She'll always be my favorite writer; now I understand why."--Charlotte Mendelson, author of When We Were Bad

"Reading these letters is like living Murdoch's whole creatively, sexually, and intellectually voracious life alongside her, and at breakneck speed. Thrilling."--Sarah Bakewell, author of How to Live: A Life of Montaigne

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