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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Iris Murdoch was an acclaimed novelist and groundbreaking philosopher whose life reflected her unconventional beliefs and values. But what has been missing from biographical accounts has been Murdoch's own voice--her life in her own words. Living on Paper--the first major collection of Murdoch's most compelling and interesting personal letters--gives, for the first time, a rounded self-portrait of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and thinkers. With more than 760 letters, fewer than forty of which have been published before, the book provides a unique chronicle of Murdoch's life from her days as a schoolgirl to her last years. The result is the most important book about Murdoch in more than a decade.

The letters show a great mind at work--struggling with philosophical problems, trying to bring a difficult novel together, exploring spirituality, and responding pointedly to world events. They also reveal her personal life, the subject of much speculation, in all its complexity, especially in letters to lovers or close friends, such as the writers Brigid Brophy, Elias Canetti, and Raymond Queneau, philosophers Michael Oakeshott and Philippa Foot, and mathematician Georg Kreisel. We witness Murdoch's emotional hunger, her tendency to live on the edge of what was socially acceptable, and her irreverence and sharp sense of humor. We also learn how her private life fed into the plots and characters of her novels, despite her claims that they were not drawn from reality.

Direct and intimate, these letters bring us closer than ever before to Iris Murdoch as a person, making for an extraordinary reading experience.

Product Description: 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.

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