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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
 
Novels
   Under the Net (1954)
   The Flight from the Enchanter (1955)
   The Sandcastle (1957)
   The Bell (1958)
   A Severed Head (1961)
   The Unofficial Rose (1962)
   The Unicorn (1963)
   The Italian Girl (1964)
   The Red and the Green (1965)
   The Time of the Angels (1965)
   The Nice and the Good (1968)
   Bruno's Dream (1969)
   A Fairly Honourable Defeat (1970)
   An Accidental Man (1971)
   The Black Prince (1973)
   The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (1974)
   A Word Child (1975)
   Henry and Cato (1976)
   The Sea, the Sea (1978)
   Nuns and Soldiers (1980)
   The Philosopher's Pupil (1983)
   The Good Apprentice (1985)
   The Book and the Brotherhood (1987)
   The Message to the Planet (1989)
   The Green Knight (1993)
   Jackson's Dilemma (1995)
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Collections
   A Year of Birds (poems) (1978)
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Plays
   The Three Arrows (1973)
   Acastos (1986)
   Joanna, Joanna (1994)
   The One Alone (1995)
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Short Stories
   Something Special (1999)
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Anthologies edited
   Living on Paper (2015)
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Non fiction
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Iris Murdoch recommends
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Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (1995)
Katharine Weber
"I much enjoyed this delightfully witty novel."
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Damage (1991)
Josephine Hart
"A passionate, elegant, ruthless story."
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The Book of Abraham (1986)
Marek Halter
"An extraordinary achievement."

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