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Iris Murdoch - Author

About the Author

Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. In 1948 she returned to Oxford where she became a fellow of St Anne's college. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. She died in February 1999.

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Living on Paper Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995

Living on Paper Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2018

Iris Murdoch was an acclaimed novelist and groundbreaking philosopher whose life reflected her unconventional beliefs and values. But what has been missing from biographical accounts has been Murdoch's own voice--her life in her own words. Living on Paper--the first major collection of Murdoch's most compelling and interesting personal letters--gives, for the first time, a rounded self-portrait of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and thinkers. With more than 760 letters, fewer than forty of which have been published before, the book provides a unique chronicle of Murdoch's life from her days as a schoolgirl to her last years. The result is the most important book about Murdoch in more than a decade. The letters show a great mind at work--struggling with philosophical problems, trying to bring a difficult novel together, exploring spirituality, and responding pointedly to world events. They also reveal her personal life, the subject of much speculation, in all its complexity, especially in letters to lovers or close friends, such as the writers Brigid Brophy, Elias Canetti, and Raymond Queneau, philosophers Michael Oakeshott and Philippa Foot, and mathematician Georg Kreisel. We witness Murdoch's emotional hunger, her tendency to live on the edge of what was socially acceptable, and her irreverence and sharp sense of humor. We also learn how her private life fed into the plots and characters of her novels, despite her claims that they were not drawn from reality. Direct and intimate, these letters bring us closer than ever before to Iris Murdoch as a person, making for an extraordinary reading experience.

The Italian Girl

The Italian Girl

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2018

Ein abgetrennter Kopf

Ein abgetrennter Kopf

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Wie uberlebt man eigentlich die Liebe? - Martin glaubt, er konne eine liebevolle, wunderschone Ehefrau und zur gleichen Zeit eine reizende Liebhaberin in seinem Leben haben. Als ihn seine Frau fur ihren Psychiater verlasst, gerat Martins emotionale Souveranitat allerdings ins Wanken. Aber wir sind ja keine Wilden. Martin mochte die Angelegenheit gromutig und sensibel regeln. Doch dann tritt eine dritte Frau in sein Leben: Honor Kleins geradezu damonische Groartigkeit stot ihn zunachst ab, weckt aber bald darauf eine alles verzehrende, monstrose Leidenschaft in ihm. Iris Murdoch erzahlt in ihrem Klassiker von 1963 eine so vergnugliche wie hypnotisierende Geschichte uber die Metaphysik der Liebe.

Das Meer, Das Meer

Das Meer, Das Meer

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

"e;Das Meer, das Meer"e; ist der Roman einer zerstorerischen Besessenheit.Booker-Preistragerin "e;Iris Murdoch war eine Meisterin der erzahlerischen Magie"e; FAZAls sich Charles Arrowby, ein gefeierter Theaterregisseur, von der Buhne zuruckzieht, kauft er sich ein einsames Haus an der Kuste. Er versucht seinen anstrengenden Liebesaffaren zu entkommen, trifft aber in dem abgelegenen Ort auf seine Jugendliebe Hartley. Mit allen Mitteln versucht er Hartleys Ehe zu zerstoren, um sie fur sich zu gewinnen. Sein Seelenheil gerat endgultig ins Wanken, als seine Theaterfreunde bei ihm auftauchen, um ihm Gesellschaft zu leisten ...

Der schwarze Prinz

Der schwarze Prinz

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Liebesaffaren und Familienmiseren, Widerspiele und Sinnsuche pragen diesen brillant erzahlten psychologischen Roman, der zu den Hauptwerken der groen englischen Erzahlerin gehort.Bradley Pearson ist pensionierter Finanzbeamter und Schriftsteller. Er mochte London verlassen, um in der Einsamkeit eines kleinen Dorfs an der Kuste sein groes literarisches Vermachtnis zu schreiben. Doch kurz vor der Abreise gerat sein Leben aus den Fugen: Seine Schwester, frisch von ihrem Mann getrennt, sucht Zuflucht bei ihm. Seine schon lange geschiedene Frau, mittlerweile frisch verwitwet und schwerreich, erscheint plotzlich wieder auf der Bildflache und zu allem Uberfluss wird er in die Eheprobleme seines Freundes Arnold, einem erfolgreichen Schriftsteller, hineingezogen. Als er sich auch noch Hals uber Kopf in dessen Tochter verliebt, nimmt das Unheil seinen Lauf ..."e;Der schwarze Prinz"e; ist beides: ein bemerkenswerter Thriller und eine Geschichte uber die Liebe.

Flucht vor dem Zauberer

Flucht vor dem Zauberer

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Iris Murdoch erzahlt von einem Mann, dessen unheilvoller Faszination sich kaum jemand entziehen kannIn "e;Flucht vor dem Zauberer"e; wird die Geschichte einer Gruppe erzahlt, die sich um den geheimnisvollen Zauberer Mischa Fox schart. Annette, die aus ihrem Internat weglauft, bevor sie ihren Abschluss macht, die melancholische Rose, die sich zwischen zwei Brudern entscheiden muss und Peter, der besessen ist von einer geheimnisvollen altertumlichen Schrift. "e;Scharfe Gesellschaftsaufnahmen, verwickelte, vielfltige und oft aparte Erotik und Sexualitt, khler Humor, Sinn fr Tragikomik und eine verhangene und esoterische Symbolik."e;DER SPIEGEL

Henry und Cato

Henry und Cato

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Iris Murdoch verwebt meisterhaft die groen Themen Glauben und Sexualitat, Gier und VerzichtEine Geschichte uber zwei Freunde, die jahrelang aus Leben des anderen verschwunden waren: Henry und Cato, zwei verlorene Sohne. Ihre Wege kreuzen sich wieder, als Henry aus dem selbstgewahlten Exil in Amerika zuruckkehrt zu einer millionenschweren Erbschaft in England und zu seiner distanzierten und abweisenden Mutter. So schnell wie moglich will er mit seine Vergangenheit loswerden und den Familienbesitz gegen den Wunsch seiner Mutter verkaufen.Gleichzeitig kampft Cato mit zwei groen Leidenschaften: mit seinem Glauben - und mit der verbotenen Liebe zu einem wunderschonen Kriminellen. Ist die Liebe Heilsbringer oder reit sie alle in den Abgrund?

Unter dem Netz

Unter dem Netz

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Eine fulminante Mischung aus Slapstick und TragodieIris Murdochs Debutroman spielt in London, wo erfolglose Schriftsteller auf Beststellerautoren treffen, und Filmsternchen auf Philosophen. Jack Donaghue lebt hauptsachlich von Ubersetzungen und vom Geld seiner Freunde. Als er Anna, eine verflossene Flamme, wiedertrifft, gerat Jack in ein Netz aus phantastischen Abenteuern...

Sea, the Sea

Sea, the Sea

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2017

Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years. None of his plans work out, and his memoir evolves into a riveting chronicle of the strange events and unexpected visitors-some real, some spectral-that disrupt his world and shake his oversized ego to its very core.

Sacred and Profane Love Machine

Sacred and Profane Love Machine

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2017

Samaya anglijskaya pisatel'nica XX veka, Dama-Komandor ordena Britanskoj imperii, tonkij psiholog i blestyashchij stilist, laureat mnogih prestizhnyh premij, vklyuchaya Bukerovskuyu, Ajris Merdok po pravu schitaetsya odnim iz luchshih romanistov sovremennosti. Ee proizvedeniya, v chisle kotoryh takie literaturnye shedevry, kak Dikaya roza, CHernyj princ, More, more, perevedeny na mnogie yazyki i pol'zuyutsya neizmennoj lyubov'yu chitatelej vo vsem mire. Roman Mekhanika nebesnoj i zemnoj lyubvi (v russkom perevode vyshel vpervye pod nazvaniem Zemnaya i grekhovnaya mashina lyubvi) byl opublikovan v 1974 godu i udostoen Uitbredovskoj premii (s 2006 goda premiya Kosta). Geroj romana, Blejz Gavender, praktikuyushchij psihoanalitik reshaet chuzhie dushevnye problemy, no s trudom spravlyaetsya so svoimi strannostyami i tajnymi zhelaniyami. Gody nazad, pytayas' bezhat' ot svoej slozhnoj seksual'nosti, on zhenilsya na prostodushnoj i predannoj Harriet. I kogda v ego zhizn' vtorgaetsya iskushenie sledovat' svoej istinnoj prirode - v lice ego lyubovnicy EHmili, - Blejz vputyvaetsya v dovol'no skvernuyu istoriyu, pogruzhayas' v sushchestvovanie na dva doma, v kotorom soedinyayutsya raschet i predatel'stvo, raskayanie i strah, ehgoizm i neodolimaya strast', sladkie sny, koshmary i illyuzii

Living on Paper Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995

Living on Paper Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2016

`Destroy this and all letters. And keep your mouth shut' This collection of Iris Murdoch's most interesting and revealing letters gives us a living portrait of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and thinkers. The letters show a great mind at work - we see the young Murdoch grappling with philosophical questions, as well as feeling her anguish when a novel obstinately refuses to come together. They uncover Murdoch's famed personal life, the subject of much speculation, in all its intriguing complexity, and her penchant for living beyond the bounds of social acceptability. We also begin to see the 'real life material' that fed into her fiction, despite her claims that her fiction never drew on reality. Above all we see the accumulation of life - intimate, irreverent, fiercely engaged with the world - in this extraordinary collection of letters.

THE NICE AND THE GOOD

THE NICE AND THE GOOD

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 14/07/2016

Ajris Merdok - samaya "e;anglijskaya pisatel'nica XX veka, vydayushchijsya master tonkoj psihologii. Knigi ee voshli v zolotoj fond mirovoj literatury, udostaivalis' samyh prestizhnyh literaturnyh premij, v tom chisle Bukerovskoj. Kazhdyj ee roman - ehto svoeobraznyj, zamknutyj vnutri sebya mir, sushchestvuyushchij po svoim sobstvennym zakonam, mir, odnovremenno logichnyj i prichudlivyj, realistichnyj - i v chem-to irreal'nyj. Dejstvie romana "e;Luchshe ne byvaet nachinaetsya s zagadochnogo samoubijstva ministerskogo chinovnika v ego kabinete. Sluzhebnoe rassledovanie, provodimoe so vsej tshchatel'nost'yu ministerskim yuristom, perepletaetsya s mnogofigurnymi lyubovnymi kolliziyami, a zavershaetsya vse samym neozhidannym obrazom...

Oameni buni si oameni de bine

Oameni buni si oameni de bine

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Sinuciderea misterioasa a unui inalt functionar guvernamental pasionat de magia neagra declanseaza o ancheta. Pe masura ce-si desfasoara investigatia, protagonistul cartii, John Ducane, descopera viata ascunsa a apropiatilor sai: obsesii erotice, iubiri nemarturisite, santaj, frustrari adolescentine. In universul construit de Iris Murdoch, valori individuale fundamentale precum iubirea sau prietenia se confrunta cu valorile morale ale societatii - legea, dreptatea, ordinea. Cu slabiciunile si pacatele oamenilor, dar si cu puterea lor de a iubi si de a se sacrifica.

Sea, The Sea

Sea, The Sea

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2016

Klassicheskij, udostoennyj Bukerovskoj premii roman "e;samoj anglijskoj pisatel'nicy XX veka, odna iz vershin psihologicheskoj prozy avtora. Geroj knigi CHarlz EHrroubi, rezhisser, nemnogo akter i nemnogo dramaturg, uhodit na pokoj v zenite slavy. On otrekaetsya ot volshebstva teatra, chtoby stat' otshel'nikom. Pravda, on - otshel'nik-sibarit i zhivet ne v peshchere, a v komfortabel'noj ville na beregu morya. Professional do mozga kostej, EHrroubi i zdes' ne mozhet otkazat' sebe v udovol'stvii srezhissirovat' zhizn' okruzhayushchih ego lyudej v prekrasnyh dekoraciyah morskogo pejzazha. "e;More, more - roman o more strastej chelovecheskih.

The Sea, The Sea & A Severed Head

The Sea, The Sea & A Severed Head

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/03/2016

First published in 1961, The Severed Head is regarded is one of Iris Murdoch's most entertaining works. A dark and ferocious comic masterpiece, the novel traces the turbulent emotional journey of Martin Lynch-Gibbon, a smug, well-to-do London wine merchant and unfaithful husband, whose life is turned inside out when his wife leaves him for her psychoanalyst. In The Sea, the Sea the landscape shifts to the seclusion of an isolated house on the edge of England's North Sea, where Charles Arrowby, a big name in London's glittering theatrical world, has retired to write his memoirs. Arrowby's plans begin to unravel when he meets his first love and becomes haunted by the idea of rekindling his adolescent passion. The Severed Head and Booker prize-winner The Sea, the Sea are two of Iris Murdoch's most accomplished novels, displaying all her talent for combining profundity with playful creativity. Both tragic and comic, brooding and hilarious, they brilliantly reveal how much our lives are governed by the lies we tell ourselves as well as our all-consuming desire for love, significance and, ultimately, redemption.

Living on Paper Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995

Living on Paper Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2015

`Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real' This selection of Iris Murdoch's most interesting and important letters gives us a living portrait of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers and thinkers. Here for the first time is Murdoch in her own words, from her schoolgirl days to her last years. The letters show a great mind at work - we watch the young Murdoch struggling with philosophical issues, often unsure of herself; witness her anguish when a novel won't come together; observe her involved in world events and exploring sensuality. They are full of sharp humour and irreverence. They also reveal her personal life, the subject of much speculation, in all its intriguing complexity: her emotional hunger and her tendency to live on the edge of what was socially acceptable. Gradually, we see how this fed into her novels' plots and characters, despite her claims that her fiction was not drawn from reality. Quite apart from giving these valuable insights, her letters bring us closer than ever before to Iris Murdoch as a person. They make for an extraordinary and intimate reading experience: she is wonderful company.

The Green Knight

The Green Knight

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2013

The Black Prince

The Black Prince

Author: Iris Murdoch, Candia McWilliam Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CANDIA MCWILLIAM The Black Prince is both a remarkable thriller and a story about being in love. Bradley Pearson, narrator and hero, is an elderly writer with a 'block'. Finding himself surrounded by predatory friends and relations - his ex-wife, her delinquent brother, a younger, deplorably successful writer, Arnold Baffin, Baffin's restless wife and engaging daughter - Bradley attempts to escape. His failure to do so and its aftermath lead to a violent climax and a most unexpected conclusion.

The Sovereignty of Good

The Sovereignty of Good

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2013

Iris Murdoch was one of the great philosophers and novelists of the twentieth century and The Sovereignty of Good is her most important and enduring philosophical work. She argues that philosophy has focused, mistakenly, on what it is right to do rather than good to be and that only by restoring the notion of `vision' to moral thinking can this distortion be corrected. This brilliant work shows why Iris Murdoch remains essential reading: a vivid and uncompromising style, a commitment to forceful argument, and a courage to go against the grain. With a foreword by Mary Midgley.

Jackson's Dilemma

Jackson's Dilemma

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2013

Edward Lannion, the young master of Hatting Hall, is about to marry Marian Fox. At Penndean, a nearby house, preparations are under way for the wedding, overseen by the anxious Benet. Family and friends gather together for a celebratory dinner on the eve of the ceremony. The night is warm and clear, and after dinner the guests walk in the grounds and under the stars, full of happy anticipation. But then there is a sudden and extraordinary event, which changes everything. Iris Murdoch's novel is a marvellous and compelling human comedy. Edward and Marian, the couple at the centre of the story, are led by events to learn the truth about themselves; in the process, their friends, and lovers, are forced to make new choices, and see things as they are. And watching over all of them is Jackson, Benet's servant, a dark, mysterious and dangerous presence. It is Jackson who must intervene in the story to set the two young lovers onto the right path.

The Message To The Planet

The Message To The Planet

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2013

For years, Alfred Ludens has pursued mathematician and philosopher Marcus Vallar in the belief that he possesses a profound metaphysical formula, a missing link of great significance to mankind. Luden's friends are more sceptical. Jack Sheerwater, painter, thinks Marcus is crazy. Gildas herne, ex-preist, thinks he is evil. Patrick Fenman, poet, is dying because he thinks Marcus has cursed him. Marcus has disappeared and must be found. But is he a genius, a hero struggling at the bounds of human knowledge? Is he seeking God, or is he just another victim of the Holocaust, which casts its shadow upon him and upon Ludens, both of them Jewish? Can human thinking discover the foundations of human consciousness? Iris Murdoch's endlessly inventive imagination has touched a fundamental question of our time.

Red and the Green

Red and the Green

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

On the eve of the Easter Rising, a divided Irish family is pushed to the brink of destructionIn the dark days of the First World War, tensions between Catholic Pat Dumay and his Protestant cousin Andrew Chase-White threaten to tear their family apart along political and religious lines. As Ireland moves ever closer to the deadly Easter rebellion, the family is engulfed in an epic drama of love, loyalty, and loss that will change their lives forever.The rain-soaked streets of Murdoch's 1916 Ireland leap off the page in this gripping story of a familyand a countryon the cusp of a momentous turning point in history.

Word Child

Word Child

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

A brilliant but deeply flawed man struggles to earn absolutionHilary Burde was a rising star in academia until a tragic accident plunged him and his mentor and rival, Gunnar Jopling, into two decades of depression and guilt. Hilary, unable to overcome his pain, abandoned his promising career for an unfulfilling job as a civil servant. But at age forty-one, Hilary crosses paths again with Gunnarinitiating a series of events that will change their lives forever.Set against a richly drawn backdrop of post-war London, A Word Child is a gripping story of passion and the redemptive power of love.

Unofficial Rose

Unofficial Rose

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

A powerful novel of a family's search for love amid the wreckage of failed relationshipsAn Unofficial Rose is a story of a father and son, both dissatisfied with their lives, and both in love with someone other than their wives. While the father, a widower, regrets never leaving his wife for his mistress, the son seeks any opportunity to escape his dull marriage.Written with Murdoch's masterful blend of comedy and tragedy, An Unofficial Rose is a compelling story of love, regret, and the complexity of human relationships.

Acastos

Acastos

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

Acastos: Two Platonic Dialogues is Murdoch's philosophical masterpiece featuring fictionalized discussions between the intellectual giants of the classical world, including Socrates and Plato. Described by Acastos, a friend of Plato's, the riveting debates center on the nature of goodness and faith, told through the voices of history's most celebrated thinkers.Witty and profound, these debates apply the timeless wisdom of history's renowned philosophers to the most contentious issues of the modern day.

Flight from the Enchanter

Flight from the Enchanter

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

An enigmatic publisher's sway on a circle of friends drives each to confront their most dangerous obsessionsBusinessman Mischa Fox has wealth, charisma, and an uncanny ability to influence those around him. When he moves to buy a small feminist magazine in London called the Artemis, Mischa becomes entangled in the lives of the Artemis's editor, Hunter, his sister, Rosa, and her boarder, Annette, as well as their circle of friends.As Mischa instigates a series of ominous events that will change their lives, Murdoch's masterful prose brings these rich charactersand their darkly humorous troublesto vivid life.

Henry and Cato

Henry and Cato

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

';Murdoch's finest novel . . . Surely one of the major achievements in fiction in recent years.' Joyce Carol OatesWhen old friends Henry and Cato reunite after years apart, they quickly become embroiled in the drama of each other's lives. Henry, who has just returned to England as the sole heir to his recently deceased brother's estate, quickly begins to uncover secrets buried long ago. Meanwhile, Cato, a Catholic priest, has fallen in love with the criminal Beautiful Joe, and struggles to reform him despite the thief's continual efforts to rob him.A stirring portrait of morality and redemption, Henry and Cato is an insightful look at coping with the crises that come with life's unexpected changes.

Philosopher's Pupil

Philosopher's Pupil

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

A mysterious accident drives the inhabitants of a quiet town to face their darkest obsessionsWhen George McCaffrey's car plunges into a canal with his wife still inside, nobody knows whether George is to blame. Nobody, that is, except an Anglican priest who happened to witness the whole thing. And when George's former teacher, the charismatic philosopher Rozanov, returns to town, George's life begins to spin wildly out of control.Set in the English spa town of Ennistone, The Philosopher's Pupil is a darkly comic story of love, redemption, and the complex nature of the human condition.

Time of the Angels

Time of the Angels

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

An Anglican priest loses his faith and sends his family and parish spinning into chaosFather Carel Fisher's London rectorylike his faithis a shell. The rectory remains hollowed and broken from bombs dropped in the Second World War, while his religious passion abandoned him long ago. As Carel becomes a shut-in, his brother Marcus sets out to save him before it's too late.Rich and complex, The Time of the Angels is a powerful story of a man's descent into madness, and the destruction he wreaks along the way

Bruno's Dream

Bruno's Dream

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

An old man struggles to make one last connection with his estranged son, before it's too lateThe elderly Bruno knows he is not far from death. One of his last wishes is to contact his estranged son, Miles, whose marriage to an Indian woman drove a decades-long wedge between father and son. When Miles comes back into his father's life, Bruno must confront his guilt, and his family must overcome the tension that grew during his long absence.Set against an enchanting London backdrop, Murdoch's complex family drama is a poignant exploration of love, remorse, and the power of emotional redemption.

Italian Girl

Italian Girl

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2010

A poignant portrait of a family's struggle for redemptionThe funeral of Edward's mother brings him home for the first time in years. Though his return rekindles his affection for his childhood home, it also triggers a resurgence of the family tensions that caused him to leave in the first place. As Edward becomes tangled in his family's web of corrosive secrets, his homecoming tips a precariously balanced dynamic into sudden chaos.The Italian Girl is Murdoch's compelling story of a man's reunion with his estranged family, and of the tragedy that shocks them all into confronting their dark past.

The Bell

The Bell

Author: Iris Murdoch, A. S. Byatt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2004

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY A. S. BYATT Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to live with her husband in a a lay community encamped outside Imber Abbey, home to a mysterious enclosed order of nuns. Watched over by its devout director and the discreet authority of the wise old Abbess, Imber Court is a haven for lost souls seeking tranquility. But then the lost Abbey bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered, and hidden truths and desires are forced into the light.

The Book And The Brotherhood

The Book And The Brotherhood

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2003

It's the midsummer ball at Oxford, and a group of men and women - friends since university days - have gathered under the stars. Included in this group is David Crimond, a genius and fervent Marxist. Years earlier the friends had persuaded David to write a philosophical and political book on their behalf. But opinions and loyalties have changed, and on this summer evening the long-resting ghosts of the past come careering back into the present.

Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2003

The decline of religion and ever increasing influence of science pose acute ethical issues for us all. Can we reject the literal truth of the Gospels yet still retain a Christian morality? Can we defend any 'moral values' against the constant encroachments of technology? Indeed, are we in danger of losing most of the qualities which make us truly human? Here, drawing on a novelists insight into art, literature and psychology, Iris Murdoch conducts an ongoing debate with major writers, thinkers and theologians - from Augustine to Wittgenstein, Shakespeare to Sartre, Plato to Derrida - to provide fresh and compelling answers to these crucial questions.

The Sacred And Profane Love Machine

The Sacred And Profane Love Machine

Author: Iris Murdoch, Elaine Feinstein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2003

Montague Small, an obsessive writer of detective thrillers, mourns his lately dead wife, who may or may not have been unfaithful to him. His attempts at meditation are a failure. He detests his fictional detective. His interest in his neighbour's difficulties and his neighbour's wife appear to be his only consolations after all. The neighbour, Blaise Gavender, is an amateur psychotherapist who has seen through himself. Has Blaise the courage to change his life and become an honest man? What is honesty in any case? Blaise's wife Harriet lives for love, love of her husband, love of her son. She if fond of Monty too. Emily McHugh is quite another matter. She too lives for love: for love and justice and revenge, aided and incited by her ambiguous friend Constance Pinn. Emily's son Luca, a very disturbed child, becomes the subject of a tug of war between two possessive women. Edgar Demornay, a distinguished scholar, also blunders into the fray; he adores Monty and falls in love with Monty's women. A deed of violence finally solves many problems. This is a story of different loves; and of how a man may need two women in such a way that he can be happy with neither. Sacred and profane love are related opposites; the one enjoyed renders the other necessary, so that the ever unsatisfied heart swings constantly to and fro.

The Sandcastle

The Sandcastle

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2003

The quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman, Rain Carter, arrives at the school to paint the portrait of the headmaster. Mor, hoping to enter politics, becomes aware of new desires and a different dream of life. A complex battle develops, involving love, guilt, magic, art and political ambition. Mor's teenage children and their mother fight discreetly and ruthlessly against the invader. The Head, himself enchanted, advises Mor to seize the girl and run. The final decision rests with Rain. Can a 'great love' be purchased at too high a price?

An Accidental Man

An Accidental Man

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2003

This is the story of the comic, relentless struggle for survival of Austin Gibson Grey, the accidental man. Austin is one of those people who thrives through the destruction of others. The others, in Austin's case, include his successful elder brother, Matthew, and the women who, one after the other, are convinced that they can 'save' him. In this role we meet Dorina, Austin's estranged wife, Mitzi, his alcoholic landlady, and a selection of other women who involve themselves in Austin's fate, with hilarious and appalling results.

A Fairly Honourable Defeat

A Fairly Honourable Defeat

Author: Iris Murdoch, Susan Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2002

Hilda Foster is alone in an isolated cottage when she receives an important telephone call. She must get in touch with her husband but it is virtually impossible. How can she avert the crisis? Hilda's troubles began when she trusts a slippery intellectual called Julius King who decides to demonstrate how he can persuade easily loving couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings to betray their loyalties to one another. Melodramatic incidents, purloined letters, apparently unmotivated actions abound as this dark comedy of errors unfolds.

A Word Child

A Word Child

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2002

Saved from a delinquent childhood by education, cheated out of Oxford by a tragic love tangle, Hilary Burde cherishes his obsessive guilt and ekes out a living in a dull civil service job. When the man whom he has harmed and betrayed reappears as head of his department, Hilary hopes for forgiveness, even for redemption and a new life, but finds himself haunted by a ghostly repetition.

Henry And Cato

Henry And Cato

Author: Iris Murdoch, Ignes Sodre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2002

Henry and Cato is the story of two prodigal sons. Henry returns from a self-imposed exile in America to an unforeseen inheritance of wealth and land in England. He is also returning to his mother. His friend Cato is struggling with two ambiguous intermingled passions, one for a God who may or may not exist, the other for a petty criminal who may or may not be capable of salvation. Cato's father and his sister Colette wait anxiously to welcome Cato back to sanity after his dubious escapades. Henry meanwhile confronts his mother, the unappeased furies of childish resentment, and various possibilities of revenge. Henry's cool mother watches, Cato's impetuous sister intervenes. Can love here become a saving force, or is it condemned to be possessive and demonic? Blackmail and violence take a hand, and both Henry and Cato return home at last.

The Time Of The Angels

The Time Of The Angels

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2002

Carel is widowed rector presiding over a London church destroyed during the war. The rectory is home to an array of residents: his daughter, Muriel; his beautiful invalid ward, Elizabeth; their West Indian servant, Pattie; Eugene, a Russian emigre, and his delinquent son, Leo. Carel's brother, Marcus, is co-guardian of Elizabeth, but his attempts to get closer to the rector are constantly rebuffed. These seven characters maintain a constant dance of attraction and repulsion, misunderstanding and revelation, the centre of which is the enigmatic Carel himself - a priest who believes that, God being dead, His angels have been released.

The Red And The Green

The Red And The Green

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2002

As the Easter Rebellion looms, tension mounts in the rain-soaked streets of Dublin. Tension is also ratcheting up at home. Pat Dumay is a Catholic and an Irish patriot. His relentlessly pious mother pursues her own private war with his stepfather, a man sunk in religious speculation and drink. Meanwhile Pat's Protestant soldier cousin, Andrew Chase-White, puzzles out his complex emotions about Ireland and the girl he loves. Weaving between them moves Millie Kinnard: fast, feminist, and only just respectable.

Under The Net

Under The Net

Author: Iris Murdoch, Kiernan Ryan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2002

Iris Murdoch's first novel is set in a part of London where struggling writers rub shoulders with successful bookies, and film starlets with frantic philosophers. Its hero, Jake Donaghue, is a drifting, clever, likeable young man who makes a living out of translation work and sponging on his friends. A meeting with Anna, an old flame, leads him into a series of fantastic adventures. Jake is captivated by a majestic philosopher, Hugo Belfounder, whose profound and inconclusive reflections give the book its title - under the net of language.

The Sovereignty of Good

The Sovereignty of Good

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2001

Iris Murdoch once observed: 'philosophy is often a matter of finding occasions on which to say the obvious'. What was obvious to Murdoch, and to all those who read her work, is that Good transcends everything - even God. Throughout her distinguished and prolific writing career, she explored questions of Good and Bad, myth and morality. The framework for Murdoch's questions - and her own conclusions - can be found here.

Something Special

Something Special

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2001

Something Special was previously unpublished except in a 1950s anthology and in Japan, and rediscovered after her death. It is the only short story that Iris Murdoch ever wrote for publication.Set in Dublin, against the vividly recognisable backdrop of the writer's native city in the late fifties, Something Special is the story of Yvonne, an ordinary, bold young Irish woman who believes there's more to life than marriage to Sam, the respectable young man who's courting her. Written with verve and characteristic sly humour, it moves to a surprising climax and conclusion - a poignant, strangely haunting story about the incompatibility of dreams and desires.

A Severed Head

A Severed Head

Author: Iris Murdoch, Miranda Seymour Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2001

Martin believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. How will he survive it?

Nuns And Soldiers

Nuns And Soldiers

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2001

Gertrude has lost her husband and Anne, an ex-nun, her God. They plan to live together and do good works. Meanwhile a cohort of interested parties circle. The 'Count', a Polish man in exile watches over Gertrude with loving patience. Tim, a failed painter, plans with his punk girlfriend to live off his rich friends. Who will judge whom in this intricate pattern of love and deceit? Who will behave well and who badly? Who will be lucky?

The Sovereignty of Good

The Sovereignty of Good

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2001

Iris Murdoch once observed: 'philosophy is often a matter of finding occasions on which to say the obvious'. What was obvious to Murdoch, and to all those who read her work, is that Good transcends everything - even God. Throughout her distinguished and prolific writing career, she explored questions of Good and Bad, myth and morality. The framework for Murdoch's questions - and her own conclusions - can be found here.

Bruno's Dream

Bruno's Dream

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2001

Bruno, dying, obsessed with spiders and preoccupied with death and reconciliation, lies at the center of an intricate spider's web of relationships and passions: Bruno's estranged and grieving son Miles; Danby, Bruno's widowed son-in-law, consoling himself with the Adelaide the maid, one of Murdoch's finest comic creations; creepy Nigel the nurse and his besotted twin Will, fighter of duels. The flooding Thames brings about the climax, and all are left changed by love and forgiveness before the old man's death.

The Unicorn

The Unicorn

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2001

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY STEPHEN MEDCALF When Marian Taylor takes the post of governess at Gaze castle, remote house on a beautiful but desolate coast, she finds herself confronted with many strange mysteries. What kind of crime or catastrophe in the past still keeps the house under a brooding spell? And is her employer Hannah an innocent victim, a guilty woman, a lunatic, or a witch?

An Unofficial Rose

An Unofficial Rose

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2001

After his wife's death, Hugh contemplates returning to his former mistress. His son, Randall, longs to abandon his shapeless marriage for a perfect partner. Randall's young daughter, Miranda, is adored by her Australian cousin Penn, but has attachments elsewhere. Her mother Ann has her own private dream, while taking upon herself the strains and pains of all the others. Impelled by affection, lust and illusion, these characters search for love within a tightly woven web.

The Good Apprentice

The Good Apprentice

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2000

Stuart Cuno has decided to become good. Not believing in God, he invents his own methods, which include celibacy, chastity and the abandonment of a promising academic career. Interfering friends and relations question his sincerity, his sanity and his motives. Stuart's step-brother Edward Baltram is tormented by guilt because he has, he believes, killed his best friend. He dreams sometimes of redemption, sometimes of suicide. Funny, compelling and extremely moving, THE GOOD APPRENTICE is about guilt ridden despair, and the difficult problem of how to try to be good - and the various magical devices which console those who are sensible enough not to try.

The Italian Girl

The Italian Girl

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2000

Edmund has escaped from his family into a lonely life. Returning for his mother's funeral he finds himself involved in the old, awful problems, together with some new ones. One by one his relatives reveal their secrets to a reluctant Edmund: illicit affairs, hidden passions, shameful scandals. And the heart of all, there is, as always, the family's loyal servant, the Italian girl.

The Nice And The Good

The Nice And The Good

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2000

A revolver shot rings through a Whitehall office one hot afternoon in the middle of an English summer. A Government official has apparently shot himself, but the circumstances are questionable - prompting Octavian Gray, head of the department in which the dead man worked, to investigate. Lawyer John Ducane is charged with the task, interviewing other civil servants by day, and by night attempting repeatedly - and unsuccessfully - to break up with his mistress. When Ducane travels to Gray's Dorset home everything becomes even more mysterious and nothing is quite as it seems.

The Flight From The Enchanter

The Flight From The Enchanter

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2000

Annette runs away from her finishing school but learns more than she bargained for in the real world beyond; the fierce and melacholy Rosa is torn between two Polish brothers; Peter is obsessed by an indecipherable ancient script. This is a story of a group of people under a spell, and the centre of it all is the mysterious Mischa Fox, the enchanter.

The Philosopher's Pupil

The Philosopher's Pupil

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2000

In the English town of Ennistone, hot springs bubble up from deep beneath the earth. In these healing waters the townspeople seek health and regeneration, rightousness and ritual cleansing. To this town steeped in ancient lore and subterranean inspiration the Philosopher returns. He exerts an almost magical influence over a host of Ennistonians, and especially over George McCaffrey, the Philosopher's old pupil, a demonic man desperate for redemption.

Sartre

Sartre

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/1999

Sartre's powerful political passions were united with a memorable literary gift, placing him foremost among the novelists, as well as the philosophers, of our time. Iris Murdoch's pioneering study analyses and evaluates the different strands of Sartre's rich and complex oeurve. Combining the objectivity of the scholar with a profound interest in contemporary problems, Iris Murdoch discusses the tradition of philosophical, political and aesthetic thought that gives historical authenticity to Satre's achievement, while showing the ambiguities and dangers inherent in his position.

The Sea, The Sea

The Sea, The Sea

Author: Iris Murdoch, John Burnside Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1999

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JOHN BURNSIDE When Charles Arrowby retires from his glittering career in the London theatre, he buys a remote house on the rocks by the sea. He hopes to escape from his tumultuous love affairs but unexpectedly bumps into his childhood sweetheart and sets his heart on destroying her marriage. His equilibrium is further disturbed when his friends all decide to come and keep him company and Charles finds his seaside idyll severely threatened by his obsessions.

Existentialists And Mystics Writings on Philosophy and Literature

Existentialists And Mystics Writings on Philosophy and Literature

Author: Iris Murdoch Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/1997

Best-known for her novels and longer philosophical works, Iris Murdoch was also a brilliant essayist, and produced classic pieces on a wide range of philosophical and literary subjects. Through essays such as `Existentialists and Mystics' she helped to create a new climate of thought in the post-war years, by bringing existentialism to British consciousness, and subjecting it to rigorous criticism. She has also contributed her own original philosophical thought, in the fields of metaphisics and moral philosophy. But until now her essays have been, at best, scattered in anthologies and periodicals. This collection, edited by Murdoch scholar Peter Conradi, brings them together in one volume. It includes classics such as `Against Dryness' her influential polemic on fiction and philosophy; and key evaluations of the thinking of T. S. Eliot, Simone Weil, Satre and de Beauvoir and Elias Canetti. EXISTENTIALISTS AND MYSTICS is a brilliant, enlightening and accessible volume from one of the greatest, most impassioned intellects of our time.