Description : Hilda Foster is alone in an isolated cottage when she receives an important telephone call. She must get in touch with her husband but it is virtually impossible. How can she avert the crisis? Hilda's troubles began when she trusts a slippery intellectual called Julius King who decides to demonstrate how he can persuade easily loving couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings to betray their loyalties to one another. Melodramatic incidents, purloined letters, apparently unmotivated actions abound as this dark comedy of errors unfolds.
Description : In a dark comedy of errors, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by Julius, a cynical intellectual who decides to demonstrate through a Machiavellian experiment how easily loving couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings can betray their loyalties. As puppet master, Julius artfully plays on the human tendency to embrace drama and intrigue and to prefer the distraction of confrontations to the difficult effort of communicating openly and honestly. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Description : The Fictional Scene In England, Immediately After The Second World War, Makes An Interesting Reading. Many Critical Studies Have, In Great Depth, Investigated The Historical Processes To Highlight The Various Directions The Novelists Moved In Then. At The Same Time, There Was A Concurrent And A Deliberate Attempt On The Part Of These Novelists To Discard The Heritage Of 'Modernism.' Iris Murdoch, Who Is One Of The Most Prominent Novelists Of This Period, Also Shared The Distrust Of Her Contemporaries For The So-Called Literary Radicalism. However, She Remains Distinct As A Writer Among Her Contemporaries, In Her Awareness Of The Problems Of The Novel And Language, In Her Adherence, Both To The Idealism About Human Potentiality And Perfectibility That Liberal Humanism Had Contained. But She Is Also Conscious Of The Limited Individual Capacity To Reach That Ideal. Her Creative Career Is Marked By Her Desire To Bring Back To The Novel, Some Of Its Earlier Comprehensive Vision Of Life, Society And Human Character.The Present Book Attempts To Reveal Those Important Areas Of Murdoch'S Thought Which Set Her Apart From Other Novelists Writing At That Time. Her Search For Literary Metaphors Which Aim At Restoring To Novel Some Of Its Lost Moorings Is A Significant, Almost Iconoclastic Effort. Taking Help From Her Non-Fictional Treatises, An Attempt Has Been Made In This Book To Highlight The Platonic Burden Of Her Literary And Aesthetic Creed.
Description : Examines the depiction of the social construction of male homosexuality, lesbianism, and women's role in Murdoch's books. This book explores the representation of power dynamics in the portrayal of homosexuality and takes a detailed look at the illustration of power-knowledge.
Description : From a Tiny Corner in the House of Fiction gathers into a single volume twenty-three interviews with the British novelist and philosopher Dame Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) by some of the last half-century's foremost critics, academics, and journalists. Distinguished interviewers-including the renowned scholar Sir Frank Kermode, the theater critic Harold Hobson, and the writer and broadcaster Jonathan Miller-talk with Murdoch about her life, work, and philosophy. The resulting conversations offer access to Murdoch's beliefs on a wide range of topics and on her techniques and intentions as a writer. The interviews collectively trace an evolution in Murdoch's convictions, particularly on the subjects of religion and politics. Murdoch shares details of both her created and lived worlds, talking frankly about the difficulties facing a novelist writing in the second half of the twentieth century. She speaks at length about many of her novels and characters, explaining their philosophical and ethical foundations and clarifying points that have puzzled readers. Especially interesting are her views on such subjects as politics and freedom, women's education, the good life, and the possibilities for spiritual life after the demise of organized religions. Gillian Dooley introduces the collection with an analysis of Murdoch's work, looking closely at her method of composition and development of character and situation. Dooley also provides background information for each of the interviews, along with a thorough index.
Description : Describes Murdoch as preoccupied with love, art, & the possibility & difficulty of doing good & avoiding evil.
Description : A Prominent Experience Of The Post-War European Generation Was The Acute Inquiry About Whether Life Was Intrinsically Good Or Evil, And Of The Good And Evil Combining To Make The World What It Is. These Divided Moral Forces Figure Distinctively In The Fiction Of Iris Murdoch, One Of The Most Prolific And Serious Contemporary Novelists. She Examines The Nature Of, And The Relations Between Good And Evil, Innocence And Experience, God And The Devil. This Book Explores The Concepts Of Good And Evil As Presented By Murdoch In Relation To The Structure Of Christian Theology Pertaining To The Same Concepts.Murdoch S World Is Not An Isolated World And It Is One That Is Open To Humane And Communal Fraternity. She Questions The Relationships That Humans Have With The Center Along With The Centrality Of Many Of Our Human Assumptions. She Recognizes At The Same Time The Deep Human Need To Be Continually Reseeking And Redefining The Center. She Also Denotes Several Themes In Her Text. These Include Elements Of Comedy, Love, Myth, Magic And The Supernatural.The Present Book Attempts To Delve Into The Experiences Of The Post-War European Mind And The Dilemma Between Good And Evil Through Texts Of Iris Murdoch. Beginning With An Introduction To Murdoch As A Novelist And Her Contribution To Literature, The Book Elucidates And Validates The Concepts Of Good And Evil In The Backdrop Of Christian Religion In Her Selected Texts. In Addition, It Analyses The Greek And Hebrew Traditions As Well As Language Content Of The Characters. The Book Will Undoubtedly Prove Useful To Students, Teachers And Researchers Of English Literature.
Description : "Iris Murdoch was one of the most interesting and wide-ranging philosophers in recent British history. In addition to her five works on moral philosophy and existentalism, including Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, she was the author of twenty-five works of fiction, including The Sea, the Sea, winner of the Booker Prize, and The Black Prince, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. This collection reassesses her literary and philosophical output, focusing on her key literary works and the influence she had among contemporary philosophers" --
Description : This study looks at the comic dimension and ironic tone of Iris Murdoch's work and argues that these elements are as important to an understanding of her novels as is her use of mythic patterns and philosophical ideas.