Eulogy: Dame Iris Murdoch

Dame Iris Murdoch's like will not be seen again. A beautiful woman with a brilliant mind, a divine innocent, philosopher and Fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford, winner of the 1978 Booker Prize for her novel The Sea, the Sea, living closely and in famous squalor with her husband, the eminent critic John Bayley, she was unmoved by the claims of publishers and fans upon her privacy and person. To the impudent question in a bookstore's Visitor's Book "What are you famous for?" she wrote, "For nothing. I am just famous." And she would have believed it, seeing nothing special in...

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