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The black prince.

Author: Iris Murdoch
Publisher: London, Chatto and Windus, 1973.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bradley Pearson, an unsuccessful novelist in his late fifties, has finally left his dull office job as an Inspector of Taxes. Bradley hopes to retire to the country, but predatory friends and relations dash his hopes of a peaceful retirement. He is tormented by his melancholic sister, who has decided to come live with him; his ex-wife, who has infuriating hopes of redeeming the past; her delinquent brother, who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Advance copies (Publishing)
Erotic stories
Didactic fiction
Erotic fiction
Uncorrected proofs (Printing) - England - 20th century
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Murdoch, Iris.
Black prince.
London, Chatto and Windus, 1973
(OCoLC)568759751
Online version:
Murdoch, Iris.
Black prince.
London, Chatto and Windus, 1973
(OCoLC)607835384
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iris Murdoch
ISBN: 0701119241 9780701119249
OCLC Number: 641302
Awards: Man Booker Prize, 1973, shortlist
Description: xviii, 364 pages 21 cm

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Bradley Pearson, an unsuccessful novelist in his late fifties, has finally left his dull office job as an Inspector of Taxes. Bradley hopes to retire to the country, but predatory friends and relations dash his hopes of a peaceful retirement. He is tormented by his melancholic sister, who has decided to come live with him; his ex-wife, who has infuriating hopes of redeeming the past; her delinquent brother, who wants money and emotional confrontations; and Bradley's friend and rival, Arnold Baffin, a younger, deplorably more successful author of commercial fiction. The ever-mounting action includes marital cross-purposes, seduction, suicide, abduction, romantic idylls, murder, and due process of law. Bradley tries to escape from it all but fails, leading to a violent climax and a coda that casts shifting perspectives on all that has preceded.

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