Iris Murdoch as I Knew Her

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Hutchinson, Jan 1, 2003 - Novelists, English - 275 pages
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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  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

"Iris Murdoch as I knew her" (fortunately not in the Biblical sense) includes way too much Wilson and not enough Murdoch. He, his two wives, his kids, his father-in-law and his dog totally crowd out ... Read full review

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User Review  - hayesstw - LibraryThing

A bit too much of A.N. Wilson, and a bit too little of Iris Murdoch 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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