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Iris Murdoch : a life

Auteur : Peter J Conradi
Éditeur : New York : Norton, 2001.
Édition/format :   Livre : Biographie : Anglais : 1st American edVoir toutes les éditions et les formats
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"Iris Murdoch's life - like her books - was full of extraordinary passions and profound relationships with some of the most inspiring and influential thinkers, artists, writers and poets of her time. During the war she pondered Aldous Huxley's doctrine that, for a writer, 'it is not what one has experienced but what one does with what one has experienced that matters,' and she later wrote that the person who might  Lire la suite...
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Genre/forme : Biography
Personne nommée : Iris Murdoch; Iris Murdoch; Iris Murdoch; Iris Murdoch
Type d’ouvrage : Biographie
Format : Livre
Tous les auteurs / collaborateurs : Peter J Conradi
ISBN : 0393048756 9780393048759
Numéro OCLC : 46936252
Notes : Originally published: London : HaprerCollins Publishers, 2001.
Description : xxix, 706 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contenu : Fairy-Tale Princess: 1919-1944 --
'You ask how Irish she is?': 1616-1925 --
No Mean City: 1925-1932 --
The Clean-Cut Rational World: 1932-1938 --
A Very Grand Finale: 1938-1939 --
Madonna Bolshevicka: 1939-1942 --
This Love Business: 1942-1943 --
A la Guerre, comme a la Guerre: 1943-1944 --
Storm and Stress: 1944-1956 --
A Madcap Tale: 1944-1946 --
Displaced Persons: 1946-1947 --
Cambridge: 1947-1948 --
St Anne's: 1948-1952 --
Franz Baermann Steiner: 1951-1952 --
Conversations with a Prince: 1952-1956 --
An Ideal Co-Child: 1953-1956.
Responsabilité : Peter J. Conradi.

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Conradi assesses the intellectual and cultural legacy of the celebrated philosopher and writer. In addition to details of her personal life, he details her philosophical works and 26 novels. 50  Lire la suite...

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