Iris Murdoch


Iris Murdoch
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Dame Iris Murdoch (15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, Under the Net, was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 1987, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 2008, The Times ranked Murdoch twelfth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". more »

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  • ''But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Alfred Ludens, in The Message to the Planet, pt. 1 (1989).
  • ''Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wave-length of ours all they hear is a continuous scream.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Alfred Ludens, in The Message to the Planet, pt. 6 (1989).
  • ''Falling out of love is chiefly a matter of forgetting how charming someone is.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Anderson Palmer, in A Severed Head, ch. 24 (1961).
  • A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon ...
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Bradley Pearson, in The Black Prince, pt. 1 (1972).
  • ''Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.''
    Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. "Bradley Pearson's Foreword," The Black Prince (1973). The narrator is here discussing his ...
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