The Saint and Artist: A Study of Iris Murdoch's Works Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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‘Brilliant.’ New York Times Book Review
‘This excellent and distinguished book had considerable influence on my own thinking.’ Malcolm Bradbury
‘In my view, the best work on her novels and thought now in print. Conradi reads her novels both wisely and attentively, and ranges widely round them; his study of her Platonism is both just and rigorous.’ A.S. Byatt
‘A valuable study. Conradi has a lively, curious, energetic mind and his enthusiasm for his subject is warming.’ Studies in the Novel
From the Back Cover
Iris Murdoch, who died in 1999, was the author of twenty-six novels, including 'The Bell, A Fairly Honourable Defeat, The Black Prince' and the Booker Prize-winning 'The Sea, The Sea.' In 'The Saint and the Artist,' the only full critical examination of Murdoch's work by a British critic, Peter Conradi, who knew her well, traces the way in which the zest and buoyant high spirits of her early novels gave way to a more deeply and darkly comic achievement in the novels of the 1970s, and in some from the last period. He suggests how her own life, wonderfully transmuted into high art, provided the raw material for her novels, and argues that they should be read as serious entertainment and as important fictions in the Anglo-Russian tradition, and not as disguised philosophy.
This new edition, fully revised and updated, is issued to coincide with Peter Conradi's authorised biography Iris Murdoch.
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"[This] excellent and distinguished book had considerable influence on my own thinking."
"In my view, the best work on her novels and thought now in print. [Conradi] reads her novels both wisely and attentively, ranges widely round them; his study of her Platonism is both just and rigorous."
A.S. BYATT (1990)
"Peter Conradi is uniquely qualified to accompany the reader in a discovery of one of the twentieth century's most remarkable novelists and thinkers."