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Living On Paper

Author : Iris Murdoch
ISBN : 9780691180922
Genre : Literary Collections
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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.

Why Iris Murdoch Matters

Author : Gary Browning
ISBN : 9781472574497
Genre : Philosophy
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In Why Iris Murdoch Matters Gary Browning draws on as yet unpublished archival material to present an unrivalled overview of Murdoch's work and thought. Browning argues for Murdoch's position amongst the key theorists of modern life, and discusses in detail her engagement with the notion of late modernity. Her multiple perspectives on art, philosophy, religion, politics and the self all relate to how she understands the nature of late modernity. Browning lucidly illustrates that through both her thought and fiction we can grasp the significance of issues that remain of paramount importance today: the possibilities of a moral life without foundations, the meaning of philosophy in a post-metaphysical age, the prospects of politics without ideological certainties and the significance of art after realism. A totally original work arguing persuasively that Iris Murdoch not only matters but is absolutely central to how we think through the contemporary age.

Iris Murdoch

Author : Miles Leeson
ISBN : 191297200X
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Iris Murdoch is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. This collection brings together friends, colleagues, fellow and past students, and those who worked with her to celebrate Iris Murdoch's life, and mark the centenary of her birth. All contributors reflect on the impact that Murdoch had on their lives as friend, guide, and inspiration. This collection adds substantially to the biographical works already published, and gives a more rounded vision of her both as an intellectual, and a woman who valued her time out of the public eye. Finally, her friend, and fellow author, A. N. Wilson reflects on his own biography of Murdoch, the impact she had on his own life and writing, and why she was, ultimately, only fully knowable to herself. Included are many previously unpublished unique photographs of Iris relaxing and in the company of her closest friends. This centenary celebration of Iris Murdoch's life comprises eighteen tributes from various points of view. Whether she is glimpsed in these pages as a friend, a tutor, a godmother or a writer, or seen from the perspective of a child, a publisher, a politician or a portraitist, the picture that emerges remains constant: gracious, tolerant, fun-loving and wise. In its illustration of the depth of her humanity, this unique portrait of Iris Murdoch will enrich her status as one of the twentieth-century's most significant writers and thinkers. Anne Rowe, Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester and author of Iris Murdoch (Writers and their Work series) co-author of Iris Murdoch: A Literary Life This is a book of tributes to Iris Murdoch from those who knew her personally. They show her to be the best of friends: modest, imaginative, loyal, very generous, genuinely interested in others and, above all, immensely kind. It is clear from these short essays that Murdoch did not just think about goodness: she tried to live it every day. Iris Murdoch: A Centenary Celebration offers a fresh perspective on a great author and will be welcomed by both scholars and general readers alike. Avril Horner, Emeritus Professor of English at Kingston University and Co-Editor of Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995

The Georgia Review

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ISBN : UCR:31210025141951
Genre : American literature
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Who S Who In America

Author : Who's Who Publishing
ISBN : 0837969743
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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