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Iris: The Life of Iris Murdoch
     

Iris: The Life of Iris Murdoch

by Peter J. Conradi
 

"There would be no need to complain of literary biographies...if they were all as good as Conradi's."—John Updike, The New YorkerIris: A Life of Iris Murdoch is already regarded as the standard, authorized biography of one of the most important female novelists and thinkers of the twentieth century. Three years after her death, Iris Murdoch has begun to

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"There would be no need to complain of literary biographies...if they were all as good as Conradi's."—John Updike, The New YorkerIris: A Life of Iris Murdoch is already regarded as the standard, authorized biography of one of the most important female novelists and thinkers of the twentieth century. Three years after her death, Iris Murdoch has begun to fascinate a whole new generation of readers, and a movie about her life was released in early 2002. In this critically acclaimed biography, Peter Conradi assesses the intellectual and cultural legacy of a remarkable woman "at the center of our culture" (A. S. Byatt). Published in hardcover as Iris Murdoch: A Life. "Conradi's infectious fascination with Murdoch and stirring insights into her work make this a superb cornerstone biography. (Booklist starred review) "A marvel of sympathy and intelligence."—Washington Post "Murdoch herself comes alive in all her contradictions."—Commonweal "A groundbreaking volume to which future biographers of Murdoch will be deeply indebted."—Choice

Editorial Reviews

Richard Cohen
Murdoch herself comes alive in all her contradictions.
J. E. Steiner
groundbreaking volume to which future biographers of Murdoch will be deeply indebted.
Washington Post
A marvel of sympathy and intelligence.
John Updike
There would be no need to complain of literary biographies...if they were all as good as Conradi's.
The New Yorker
Booknews
This fascinating biography was first published in 2001, with the slightly different title of . Conradi, a friend of the late novelist, and a compelling writer, researched the biography thoroughly, reading diaries, letters and other sources that document Murdoch's life and career. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393324013
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/17/2002
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Peter J. Conradi, co-executor of Murdoch's literary estate, is the author of a biography of Angus Wilson as well as critical studies of Dostoevsky and Murdoch. He lives in London.

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