Iris Murdoch

Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the great writers of the twentieth century. She made her writing debut in 1954 with Under the Net. Her twenty-six novels include the Booker prize-winning The Sea, The Sea (1978), the James Tait Black Memorial prize-winning The Black Prince (1973) and the Whitbread prize-winning The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (1974). Her philosophy includes Sartre: Romantic Rationalist (1953) and Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals (1992); other philosophical writings, including ‘The Sovereignty of Good’ (1970), are collected in Existentialists and Mystics (1997).

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