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Jean Iris Murdoch

Jean Iris Murdoch, Irish author. Recipient Black Memorial prize, 1974, Whitbread Literature award, 1974, Booker prize, 198's; decorated Dame Commander Order British Empire. Honorary member American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Academy Arts and Sciences; member Irish Academy.

Background

  • Murdoch, Jean Iris was born on July 15, 1919 in Dublin, Ireland. Daughter of Wills John Hughes and Irene Alice (Richardson) Murdoch.

  • Education

    • Student, Froebel Educational Institute, London. Student, Badminton School, Bristol, England. Student, Somerville College, Oxford, England.

    Career

    • Read Literae Humaniores (1st class) Somerville College, 1938-1942. Assistant principal Treasury, 1942-1944. Administrative officer United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, London, Belgium, Austria, 1944-1946.

      Sarah Smithson studentship philosophy Newnham College, Cambridge (England) University, 1947-1948. Fellow, university lecturer philosophy St. Anne's College, Oxford University, 1948-1963, honorary fellow, 1963. Lecturer Royal College Arts, London, 1963-1967.

    Works

    • The Three Arrows & The Servants and the Snow
    • The Italian Girl
    • Sartre: Romantic Rationalist
    • The Sovereignty of Good

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Communist Party

    Membership

    Honorary member American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member Irish Academy.

    Connections

    • Married John Oliver Bayley, 1956.
    • father: Wills John Hughes Murdoch
    • mother: Irene Alice (Richardson) Murdoch
    • spouse: John Oliver Bayley
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    Born July 15, 1919
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    • 1932 - 1938
      Badminton School
    • 1938 - 1942
      Somerville College
    • 1938 - 1942
      Read Literae Humaniores (1st class) Somerville College
    • 1942 - 1944
      assistant, principal Treasury
    • 1944 - 1946
      administrative officer, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    • 1947 - 1948
      philosophy tutor, Newnham College
    • 1948 - 1963
      philosophy tutor, St. Anne's College
      Oxford, UK
    • 1948 - 1963
      fellow, St. Anne's College
    • 1963 - 1967
      lecturer, Royal College Arts
      London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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