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

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, University of Oxford, 1948-1963;honorary fellow, St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, 1963;lecturer, Royal College Arts, London, 1963-1967.

Works

  • Novel (1954)

    • Under the Net

  • Novel (1957)

    • The Sandcastle

  • Novel (1961)

    • A Severed Head

  • Novel (1963)

    • The Unicorn

  • Novel (1971)

    • An Accidental Man

  • Philosophical book

    • Sartre: Romantic Rationalist

    • The Sovereignty of Good

  • Philosophical book (1977)

    • The Fire and the Sun

  • Philosophical book (1992)

    • Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals

  • Philosophical book (1997)

    • Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature

  • Play (1964)

    • A Severed Head (with J.B. Priestley)

  • Play (1973)

    • The Three Arrows & The Servants and the Snow

  • Play (1980)

    • The Servants

  • Poetry collection (1978)

    • A Year of Birds

  • Poetry collection (1997)

    • Poems by Iris Murdoch

  • Short stories (1957)

    • Something Special

  • novel

    • The Red and the Green

    • The Time of the Angels

    • A Fairly Honourable Defeat

    • The Black Prince

    • The Sacred and Profane Love Machine

    • A Word Child

    • Henry and Cato

    • The Sea, the Sea

    • Nuns and Soldiers

    • The Philosopher's Pupil

    • The Good Apprentice

    • The Message to the Planet

    • The Green Knight

    • Jackson's Dilemma

  • novel (1956)

    • The Flight from the Enchanter

  • novel (1958)

    • The Bell

  • novel (1962)

    • An Unofficial Rose

  • novel (1964)

    • The Italian Girl

  • novel (1968)

    • The Nice and the Good

  • novel (1969)

    • Bruno's Dream

  • novel (1987)

    • The Book and the Brotherhood

  • play

    • The Black Prince

  • play (1969)

    • The Italian Girl (with James Saunders)

  • play (1986)

    • Acastos: Two Platonic Dialogues

Membership

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

Connections

Married John Oliver Bayley, 1956.

father:
Wills John Hughes Murdoch

mother:
Irene Alice (Richardson) Murdoch

spouse:
John Oliver Bayley