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Finding-Aid for the Iris Murdoch Papers
(WTU00290)Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff
Iris Murdoch Papers
Murdoch, Iris ,1919-1999 ,British
Access and Use:
Collection is open to research.
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Iris Murdoch, novelist and philosopher, was born on 15 July 1919 in
Dublin. and brought up in London. Murdoch attended Badminton College and
Somerville College. After four years at the Treasury she taught
philosophy at St Annes from 1948 until 1963, when she retired to devote
her time to writing. She played a major role in English life and letters
for nearly half a century. Her philosophy includes a study of Sartre,
The Sovereignty of Good and Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals . Among her 26
published novels, Under the Net , The Bell , A Severed
Head , The Black Prince , and the
Booker-prize winning The Sea The Sea
(1978). She died from Alzheimer’s disease on 8 February 1999.
Collection Scope and Content Note
Scope and Contents Note
All items in this collection are correspondence, mostly to Charles
Osborne, Australian author.
This collection has been boxed with other collections in ten
boxes stored at locations B-7-6 and B-7-7. Within the boxes, the
collections are arranged sequentially by collection number, and then
All items in this collection are correspondence, mostly to
Charles Osborne, Australian author.