Murdoch, Iris

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Birth 1919-07-15
Death 1999-02-08
Irish (Republic of Ireland)

Biographical notes:

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) was an Irish-born British author and philosopher.

From the guide to the Iris Murdoch typescript, no date, (Ohio University)

Author and phiolosopher.

From the description of Papers of Iris Murdoch, [1953-1994?]. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 233111762

Irish philosopher, teacher, and novelist, Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) was acquainted with and influenced by philosophers such as Jean-Paul Sartre and by bohemian artists and writers of Fitzrovia. Religion, too, influenced Murdoch's work. Although her family was primarily Presbyterian (with Quaker and Brethren connections), she became, for a brief period during the late 1940's and early 1950's, Anglo-Catholic, taking retreats at an Anglican Benedictine convent. She later began to doubt her faith. Her novel, The Bell (1958), considered by some her best work, explores spirituality in the absence of religion.

From the guide to the Iris Murdoch's "The Existentialist Hero" (MS 142), 1950, (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)

Epithet: DBE; afterwards Bayley; author and philosopher

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000351.0x0000db

Anglo-Irish novelist, philosopher, and dramatist.

From the description of Isabel in a long perspective. (Ohio University). WorldCat record id: 13049298

English author.

From the description of Salvation by words : autograph manuscript signed, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270875070


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