Iris Murdoch (1919-1999), Novelist and philosopher
Dame (Jean) Iris Murdoch
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Murdoch graduated with a first-class degree from Somerville College, Oxford (1942) and studied philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge (1947-8), before becoming a tutor in the subject at St Anne's College, Oxford until 1963. Her works on philosophy include Sartre, Romantic Rationalist (1953). After publishing her first novel Under the Net in 1954, she wrote one a year. Described as psychological thrillers, they portray 20th century professional and intellectual middle-class life. The Sea, The Sea (1978) won the Booker Prize. She married John Bayley in 1956, and their struggle with her Alzheimer's Disease was the subject of books by Bayley, and of the film Iris (2002).
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