Iris Murdoch as I Knew Her

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Hutchinson, Jan 1, 2003 - Novelists, English - 275 pages
A brilliant, controversial and insightful biography from the author of the universally acclaimedThe Victorians. A.N. Wilson’s tutor at Oxford was John Bayley, and it was there that Wilson met Irish Murdoch. He remained a close friend of them both, and it was at Iris’s pleading in 1988 that he agreed to write her biography. The biography was bound to be controversial, and Wilson pulls no punches in his attack on Bayley’s own book on Iris and the portrayal of her as an Alzheimer’s victim. Instead, he gives us back the fiercely intelligent novelist and philosopher, and shows us a relationship that was deeply loving yet profoundly eccentric, and very unconventional for its day.

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User Review  - ivanfranko - LibraryThing

Some people are irked by thinking that not enough of Iris Murdoch is revealed in this book. It seems they haven't read the title. Andrew Wilson concentrates on his friendship with Murdoch and John ... Read full review

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I ought, perhaps, to express a personal interest in this book. Iris Murdoch was a friend and, intermittently, a colleague of my mother during their respective academic careers at Oxford, and she even ... Read full review


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A. N. Wilson is the author of the acclaimed biographies Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Jesus, and Paul; God's Funeral, and several celebrated novels. He lives in London.

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