Murdoch Iris c Jill Krementz

Iris Murdoch’s Letters

Anne Rowe and Avril Horner

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Tue 24 November 2015

Iris Murdoch’s Letters

Anne Rowe and Avril Horner

Murdoch Iris c Jill Krementz
Tue 24 November 2015,

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. Including letters to well-known literary figures and philosophers such as Raymond Queneau, Michael Oakenshott, Elias Canetti, Philippa Foot and Brigid Brophy, Living on Paper is the most significant publication about Murdoch since the wave of books published in the wake of her death.

The editors Anne Rowe and Avril Horner discuss how the letters – written between 1934, when Murdoch was a school girl, and 1995, near the end of her writing career – reveal Murdoch’s complex personal life and sexual identity, as well as showing a great mind at work. Gradually, we see the ways in which Murdoch’s complicated emotional life fed into her novels’ plots and characters.

Photo of Murdoch Iris credit Jill Krementz

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