Books by Iris Murdoch

LIVING ON PAPER by Iris Murdoch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An impressively edited, sharply revealing life in letters."
An intimate view of the prolific British novelist and philosopher. Read full book review >
SOMETHING SPECIAL by Iris Murdoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2000

"The recent warmhearted memoirs by Murdoch's husband, John Bayley (Elegy for Iris, 1999), virtually guarantee a receptive audience for this rather odd publication. But admirers of Iris Murdoch at her best may well wonder what all the fuss is about."
This thoroughly unremarkable short story (of which only an excerpt previously appeared, in a 1957 anthology) won't add anything to the deservedly high reputation of the late (1918-99) author of such enchantments as The Bell, Bruno's Dream, and The Green Knight. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Murdoch smooths the rocky path between ethics and art, but apart from the eternal Plato, many of the choices of representative philosophers in these aging essays—Sartre, Stuart Hampshire, Gilbert Ryle, among others—now seem quaintly dated."
Gathered here are essays by philosopher-novelist Murdoch, whose cool, clear thoughts on goodness and beauty offer sanctuary to all weary refugees from moral relativism. Read full book review >
JACKSON'S DILEMMA by Iris Murdoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A ghost of a story, thin and unsubstantial even when investigating the mysteries of love and being. (First printing of 35,000)"
Murdoch's disappointing latest (after The Green Knight, 1994, etc., etc.) is a reprisal of her usual themes without her usual verve: a mysterious Calibanlike figure eases the heartache of a circle of friends. Read full book review >
THE GREEN KNIGHT by Iris Murdoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"And, as always, a stimulating read. (First printing of 35,000)"
With her customary intellectual verve, Murdoch (The Message to the Planet, 1990, etc.)—that forthright investigator of profound mysteries—transfers the biblical story of Cain and Abel and the medieval Green Knight to a contemporary setting. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Philosophical-minded readers will relish Murdoch's argument, surely one of the most elegant and impassioned metaphysical forays in recent years."
Though best known as a novelist, Murdoch (The Message to the Planet, 1989, etc.)—as her years teaching at Oxford attest—is a notable philosopher as well (Acastos, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
UNDER THE NET by Iris Murdoch
Released: May 20, 1954

"In other words, take the fun and let the moral go."
A light and gay, for the most part, English novel of what Jake Donaghue goes through before he finds a new place to live when Madge kicks him our- along with his friend Finn- for the sake of Sacred Sammy Starfield, fabulous bookie and spiv. Read full book review >