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Remembering Iris Murdoch: Letters and Interviews (Palgrave Pivot)

Remembering Iris Murdoch: Letters and Interviews (Palgrave Pivot) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Meyers

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"These previously unpublished letters from Murdoch and her husband John Bayley to Meyers are literarily informative and personally touching; and Meyers's own viewpoint on her writing and character, based on his personal contact with her and her husband, is very valuable. His view of the memoirs by Bayley and A.N. Wilson, which seem to take opposing points of view about her, introduces much-needed balance into the discussion of her personality and character." - Stephen E. Tabachnick, Professor of English Literature, University of Memphis, USA

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Through his work as a literary biographer, Jeffrey Meyers met Murdoch in 1978. Over the next 17 years the two continued to correspond, completing two interviews for the Paris Review "Writers at Work" series and becoming friends. In her letters, published for the first time in this volume, Murdoch discusses literature; her unprovoked quarrel with Rebecca West; production of her play The Black Prince; her political views; and her laments at the difficulty writing at the onset of Alzheimer's. This book also includes a memoir of Iris, two interviews with her (with important deleted passages), and a discussion of memoirs by A. N. Wilson and John Bayley. This lively and interesting book, which makes a significant contribution to our understanding of a major modern novelist, will be warmly welcomed by both scholars and readers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1137352418
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot (3 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2T6PBK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 17 July 2013
By Lynn Piper - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed Jeffrey's personal "take" on IM. Reading the letters was like sneaking a long peek at someone's private papers...well, that's exactly what it was.
Now I have to read the other biographies mentioned.
4.0 out of 5 stars It seems to me to be a useful addition to the world of Murdoch studies 8 Sep 2014
By Christopher Boddington - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A very clear little edition with notes to the letters. It seems to me to be a useful addition to the world of Murdoch studies.
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