'Of the novelists who have made their bow since the war she seems to me to be the most remarkable' Raymond Mortimer
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.
"Iris Murdoch is incapable of writing without fascinating and
beautiful colour" * The Times *
"Iris Murdoch was one of the best and most influential writers of the twentieth century" -- Peter Conradi * Guardian *
"A distinguished novelist of a rare kind" -- Kingsley Amis
"Behind her books one feels a power of intellect quite exceptional in a novelist" * Sunday Times *
"Iris Murdoch really knows how to write, can tell a story, delineate a character, catch an atmosphere with deadly accuracy" -- John Betjemen