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Elegy for Iris

Elegy for Iris

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"I was living in a fairy story--the kind with sinister overtones and not always a happy ending--in which a young man loves a beautiful maiden who returns his love but is always disappearing into some unknown and mysterious world, about which she will reveal nothing."

So John Bayley describes his life with his wife, Iris Murdoch, one of the greatest

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"I was living in a fairy story--the kind with sinister overtones and not always a happy ending--in which a young man loves a beautiful maiden who returns his love but is always disappearing into some unknown and mysterious world, about which she will reveal nothing."

So John Bayley describes his life with his wife, Iris Murdoch, one of the greatest contemporary writers in the English-speaking world, revered for her works of philosophy and beloved for her incandescent novels.

In Elegy for Iris, Bayley attempts to uncover the real Iris, whose mysterious world took on darker shades as she descended into Alzheimer's disease. Elegy for Iris is a luminous memoir about the beauty of youth and aging, and a celebration of a brilliant life and an undying love.

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“This splendid book enlarges our imagination of the range and possibilities of love.” —Mary Gordon, The New York Times Book Review

“Magnificently, hauntingly humane.” —Michael Pakenham, The Baltimore Sun

“Bayley's restrained and elegant love song to his wife of 42 years . . . is beautiful and heartbreaking. Full of spirit, generous and resilient.” —Gail Caldwell, The Boston Globe

“A beautifully rendered portrait . . . Bayley reaffirms how suffering can ennoble the human heart. [Elegy for Iris] is an affecting remembrance of one of the great literary marriages of our time. It celebrates the victory of life--and love.” —Wendell Brock, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A heart-melting love story and an erudite inquiry into the nature of personality, memory, and invention. Wise and full of grace.” —Shelby Hearon, The Chicago Tribune

Elegy for Iris is a work of art. As beautiful as it is wise, Elegy for Iris has already become a classic memoir and a remedy for modern love. Read it and, if you dare, give it to someone you love.” —Tom D'Evelyn, Providence Sunday Journal

“Here, between the covers of an incredible book, is love . . . that doesn't hedge, love for which there are no ready outs, love that feels as inevitable as breathing, and the result is stunning.” —Abraham Verghese,The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Heartfelt and admirably unsentimental . . . a testament to a love that has endured and transcended the most terrifying ravages of illness and old age.” —Francine Prose, Elle

“In Elegy for Iris I find my mother and father, my wife's parents, our friends, and us. I find shared lives, and hurts and forgivenesses, and joys that are greatest because nobody else knows them.” —Dan Rather

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466854246
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
337,138
File size:
268 KB

Meet the Author

John Bayley is an eminent literary critic who taught at Oxford for more than thirty years. Iris Murdoch died in February of 1999.


John Bayley is an eminent literary critic who taught at Oxford for more than 30 years, and was chairman of the Booker Prize Committee. He is the author of The Red Hat and several other works of fiction and nonfiction. He was married to the author Dame Iris Murdoch until her death.

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