Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995 by Iris Murdoch

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Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995 Read Online Free - Here, for the first time, is Iris Murdoch's life in her own words, from her schoolgirl days to her last years.

The letters show a great mind at work – we see the young Murdoch struggling with philosophical issues and witness her anguish when a novel won’t come together. As well as her sharp sense of humour and irreverence, they also reveal her personal life, the subject of much speculation, in all its complexity: her emotional hunger and her tendency to live on the edge of what was socially acceptable. We see how this fed into her novels’ plots and characters, despite her claims that her fiction was not drawn from reality.

These letters bring us closer than ever before to Iris Murdoch as a person. They make for an extraordinary and intimate reading experience: she is wonderful company.

Title : Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995
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ISBN : 0701187050
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 592 pages


Bettie☯ rated it ★★★★☆

November 28, 2015

BOTW Description: Throughout her life, Iris Murdoch wrote thousands of letters. Mostly to friends and lovers. Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 to Hughes and Rene Murdoch. While still a baby the family moved to west London. In 1938, Murdoch won a place...

Stephen rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 25, 2016

I'm not finished but I am done. I'm de-flittered. I went into a room locked the door and covered the windows so I could illegally peek ahead. More of her social and love life flitting from one to the other. When in her letters she does mention what I was seeking, her brilliant mind battling with...

Corey rated it ★★★★★

October 24, 2016

I've been reading Iris Murdoch's letters for 7 months, a few pages at a time. There's a reason she is my favorite novelist and you can find hints at why in her correspondence, though she doesn't talk much about her own books. Instead, her letters are full of love, requited and not, friendship, fa...

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

November 27, 2015

From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week: Throughout her life, Iris Murdoch wrote thousands of letters. Mostly to friends and lovers. This episode focuses on her years as an Oxford undergraduate when she was full of hope and political idealism. 2/5: In this episode, which embraces the years 1942-1944 wh...

James rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2017

The fact that I finished a 600 page book in a few weeks indicates I found it interesting. On the other hand I marked in pencil passages that I found, well, noteworthy, and there were only about 3 dozen, which is only about 1 every 17 pages. Nevertheless, the letters were quite readable. I would h...

James rated it ★★★★★

May 18, 2016

I think Iris Murdoch one of the most interesting and learned writers of our time. I've read only a handful of the novels and some of the philosophy. These letters inspire me to become more involved with her novels which, we're told, are powered by her philosophic ideas. I didn't get a sense of her...

Stephen rated it ★★★★☆

August 31, 2016

“Some subtlety can be so voluptuous” “I am so sorry I went to sleep. How charming of you to attribute it to drink”. “One should rest more. Potter around. Admire one’s Chinese plates. Much love, Iris”. I’m not quite sure I approve of this habit of publishing the letters of people who have achieved fa...

Jonathan rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

The editors of this collection of Iris Murdoch's letters have done a good job in selecting ones which add to the biographical detail which is available in other books. The connections she made to friends, lovers, and colleagues are given extra depth with her own words, along with the odd letter t...

Eileen rated it ★★★★☆

February 10, 2016

Although I was not really a fan of her work, this collection of letters show a different side to the person I imagined. They are informative and telling. She came over as funny, intelligent and loving. I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Princeton University Press via Netgalley...

Cathy rated it ★★★★☆

February 28, 2016

I liked this, but boy it took me a long time to read. Since I am a fan of Murdoch's work, this gave me a much better insight in to her thoughts and feelings. Good for fans with a lot of time on their hands.

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