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Iris Murdoch

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Iris Murdoch was both a popular and intellectually serious novelist, whose writing life spanned the latter half of the twentieth century. A proudly Anglo-Irish writer who produced twenty-six best-selling novels, she was also a respected philosopher, a theological thinker and an outspoken public intellectual. This thematically based study outlines the overarching themes that characterise her fiction decade by decade, explores her unique role as a British philosopher-novelist, explains the paradoxical nature of her outspoken atheism and highlights the neglected aesthetic aspect of her fiction, which innovatively extended the boundaries of realist fiction. While Iris Murdoch is acknowledged here as a writer who vividly evokes the zeitgeist of the late twentieth century, she is also presented as a figure whose unconventional life and complex presentation of gender and psychology has immense resonance for twenty-first-century readers.

Product code: 9780746312162

ISBN 9780746312162
Dimensions H216xW138
Series Writers and their Work
No. of pages 160
Publisher Northcote House Publishers Ltd
This study provides an accessible introduction to the whole range of Iris Murdoch's fiction, exploring philosophical, theological, political, social and biographical influences and her experimentations with the novel form.