LIVING ON PAPER
Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995

IRIS MURDOCH
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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, from her schoolgirl days to her last years. 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. The letters also reveal her personal life in all its complexity: her emotional hunger and her tendency to live on the edge of what was socially acceptable. They make for an extraordinary and intimate reading experience: she is wonderful company.

. . . deals judiciously with the apparently paradoxical contrasts between the moral idealism of the novels and philosophy and the promiscuity of her personal life. LONDON MAGAZINE