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Iris Murdoch

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Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin, grew up in London, and received her university education at Oxford and Cambridge. For many years she taught philosophy at Oxford. She was the author of twenty-six novels, and also wrote several works of philosophy, criticism, and drama.

She was an author of universal acclaim. Her novels tackled everyday ethical and moral concerns, exploring the function of myth in making sense of one's life. She won the Booker prize in 1978 for The Sea, The sea. In addition to books, she was also a playwright, her most successful play being "Servants and the Snow."

Genres: Literary Fiction
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1969) : The Nice and the Good
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1970) : Bruno's Dream
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1973) : The Black Prince
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1973) : The Black Prince
Whitbread Prize Best Novel winner (1974) : The Sacred and Profane Love Machine
Booker Prize Best Novel winner (1978) : The Sea, the Sea
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1985) : The Good Apprentice
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1987) : The Book and the Brotherhood

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Iris Murdoch recommends
The Virgin in the Garden (1978)
(Frederica, book 1)
A S Byatt
"Large, complex, ambitious, humming with energy and ideas... a remarkable achievement."
A Bowl of Cherries (1984)
Shena Mackay
"A splendid novel: poetic, witty and thoroughly interesting."
The Book of Abraham (1986)
Marek Halter
"An extraordinary achievement."
Damage (1991)
Josephine Hart
"A passionate, elegant, ruthless story."
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (1995)
Katharine Weber
"I much enjoyed this delightfully witty novel."

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