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    The Saint And The Artist: A Study Of The Fiction Of Iris Murdoch

    By: Peter Conradi

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    Coinciding with his major new biography of Iris Murdoch, this is Peter Conradi's acclaimed critical appreciation of her work

    Iris Murdoch, who died in 1999, was the author of twenty-six novels, including 'The Bell', 'A Fairly Honourable Defeat', 'The Black Prince' and the Booker Prize-winning 'The Sea, The Sea'.

    In 'The Saint And The Artist', the only full critical examination of Murdoch's work by a British critic, Peter Conradi, who knew her well, traces the way in which the zest and buoyant high spirits of her early novels gave way to a more deeply and darkly comic achievement in the novels of the 1970s, and in some from the last period. He suggests how her own life, wonderfully transmuted into high art, provided the raw material for her novels, and argues that they should be read as serious entertainments and as important fictions in the Anglo-Russian tradition, and not as disguised philosophy.

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