Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. In 1948 she returned to Oxford where she became a fellow of St Anne's college. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. She died in February 1999.
Few write as well about philosophy as acclaimed novelist (The Severed Head, etc.) and retired Oxford U. philosophy don Murdoch. Thus this explication of Sartre's thought via the wisely chosen avenue of his fiction proves both penetrative and unusually accessible. Tree, existentialism's and Sartre's stars have fallen precipitously since the initial 1963 publication of this concise - and, given hindsight, overly laudatory - study; but those still interested in this most urban of philosophers will here find a splendid and concrete introduction to his work. (Kirkus Reviews)