Read Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995 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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November 28, 2015
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.