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From a Tiny Corner in the House of Fiction : Conversations with Iris Murdoch - Gillian Dooley

From a Tiny Corner in the House of Fiction

Conversations with Iris Murdoch

By: Gillian Dooley (Editor)

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Published: 4th April 2003
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This volume gathers 23 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 - inlcuding the renowned scholar Sir Frank Kermode, the theatre 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 20th 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.

"An excellent collection . . . A significant contribution to the Murdoch canon; one that strengthens Murdoch's enduring voice."--Australian Book Review
"This book is welcomed by those of us who are Murdoch fans."--Virginia Quarterly Review
"At last a book about Iris Murdoch that directs attention where it should be: her novels."--The Age (Melbourne)

Acknowledgments
Major Works by Iris Murdoch
Introduction
Lunch with Iris Murdoch, 1962p. 1
Interview from "The House of Fiction: Interviews with Seven English Novelists," 1963p. 9
Speaking of Writing XII, 1964p. 14
Iris Murdoch, Informally, 1968p. 16
Interview from "Women Writers Now: Their Approach and Their Apprenticeship," 1976p. 30
Iris Murdoch Talks to Stephen Glover, 1976p. 33
An Interview with Iris Murdoch, 1977p. 44
An Interview with Irish Murdoch, 1978p. 56
Closing Debate, Rencontres avec Iris Murdoch, 1978p. 70
Interview with Iris Murdoch, 1982p. 97
Iris Murdoch - Set to Music, 1980p. 120
John Haffenden Talks to Iris Murdoch, 1983p. 124
An Interview with Iris Murdoch, 1985p. 139
Iris Murdoch: An Interview with Simon Price, 1984p. 148
Virtuous Dogs and a Unicorn: An Interview with Iris Murdoch, 1985p. 155
Discussions from Encounters with Iris Murdoch, 1988p. 167
A Dialogue with Iris Murdoch, 1988p. 194
My God: Iris Murdoch Interviewed by Jonathan Miller, 1988p. 209
Two Interviews with Iris Murdoch, 1990 & 1991p. 218
Flight to the Enchantress, 1989p. 235
Boundary Breaker and Moral Maker, 1992p. 241
The Joanna Coles Interview: Duet in Perfect Harmony, 1996p. 245
Memories of Iris, 1999p. 251
Referencesp. 257
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9781570034992
ISBN-10: 1570034990
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 4th April 2003
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.63