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The Iris Trilogy

Memoirs of Iris Murdoch

John Bayley



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01 February 2021
The complete, heart-warming trilogy of John Bayley's touching memoirs chronicling his marriage to the great British novelist now available in a single volume. Dame Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) was one of the greatest British novelists and philosophers of the twentieth century. She read philosophy at Oxford where she met and later married John Bayley, a literary critic and fellow novelist. So began a forty-year, intense and unconventional but happy marriage, detailed in the classic bestselling memoir Iris. Despite Iris' extramarital affairs with men and women throughout their long marriage - which John always suspected - their bond was unbreakable, and his memoir beautifully captures their child-like moments of bliss: walking in forests, swimming together in streams, and sharing hot cups of coffee on crisp mornings. These are touching but poignant stories with the knowledge that Iris and her grand intellect would eventually succumb to Alzheimer's disease. John would care for her singlehandedly for five years, the last of which he writes about in Iris and the Friends that also describes her peaceful passing. Finally, he reflects on his bereavement and the void that is left when a soulmate departs in A Widower's House. All three books are told by the person who knew Iris best, with gentle humour - at times unbearably moving - in his portrayal of a remarkable woman. AUTHOR: John Bayley (1925-2015), CBE was a British literary critic and the author of Alice, The Queer Captain, George's Lair and The Red Hat. He was Warton Professor of English at Oxford University and was a fellow of St Catherine's college.
By:   John Bayley
Imprint:   Duckworth
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780715653968
ISBN 10:   0715653962
Pages:   572
Publication Date:   01 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

John Bayley is the author of Alice, The Queer Captain, George s Lair and The Red Hat. In addition to the bestselling memoir, Iris, he has published two other follow-up memoirs with Duckworth, Iris & Friends and Widower's House. He was the Warton Professor of English at the University of Oxford and is a fellow of St Catherine's College.

Reviews for The Iris Trilogy: Memoirs of Iris Murdoch

'The greatest love story of our age.' Observer * Observer * 'A unique glimpse into the alchemy of marriage... a work of art.' -- VictoriaGlendinning * Daily Telegraph * 'Love has everything and nothing to do with it. John Bayley has set the gold standard for a debased currency.' * Guardian * 'It is hard to do justice to the tenderness with which, in exquisite, measuredprose and surprising detail, he evokes their marriage.' * Sunday Times *

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