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John Bayley (1925-2015), Teacher, critic and writer; husband of Dame Iris Murdoch

John Oliver Bayley

Sitter in 1 portrait
Teacher, writer and critic and like his wife, Iris Murdoch, an Oxford don. In the mid-1990s it was diagnosed that Iris Murdoch was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. In Iris - A Memoir (1998) and Iris and the Friends (1999) John Bayley wrote moving accounts of her illness and death and of their relationship. A third volume, The Widower's House, is to be published in March 2001.

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John Bayley; Iris Murdoch

by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda
colour print, 29 September 1992
NPG P530