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Iris Murdoch Letters

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Murdoch to Charles Osborne inviting him to dinner

Murdoch to Charles Osborne sending greetings from Australia

Murdoch to Charles Osborne sending Christmas greeting

Murdoch to Mrs. Beckmann (widow of painter Max Beckmann)

Murdoch to "Ken" agreeing to write a reference for him

Murdoch to Eric and Joan Stevens, booksellers, ordering a list of books from their catalog

Murdoch to Charles Osborne commenting on a recent philosophical publication by "Mr. McKinney"

Murdoch to Charles Osborne apologizing for breaking thier engagement for dinner

Murdoch to Charles Osborne inviting him to lunch on Friday

Murdoch to Charles Osborne expressing regret at having to miss his exhibit

Murdoch to Charles Osborne thanking him for his postcards

Murdoch to Charles Osborne sending best New Year wishes



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Iris Murdoch Letters, 1965-1976 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Iris Murdoch Letters, 1965-1976Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1965-1976

ID: MS/VMF/vmf125

Primary Creator: Murdoch, Iris

Extent: 12.0 Items

Date Acquired: 06/17/1968

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Correspondence from Murdoch to Charles Osborne, Eric and Joan Stevens, and Mrs. Beckmann

Collection Historical Note

Iris Murdoch (July 15, 1919 – February 8, 1999) was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about political and social questions of good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, Under the Net (1954), was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. She went on to produce 25 more novels and other works of philosophy and drama until 1995, when she began to suffer the early effects of Alzheimer's disease, the symptoms of which she at first attributed to writer's block. In 1987, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Jean Iris Murdoch was born in Phibsborough, Dublin, Ireland. When she was a few weeks old the family moved to London.  She was educated in private progressive schools, entering the Froebel Demonstration School in 1925, and attending Badminton School in Bristol as a boarder from 1932 to 1938. She went to Somerville College, Oxford in 1938 with the intention of studying English, but switched to Classics and she was awarded a First Class Honours degree in 1942. She studied philosophy as a postgraduate at Newnham College, Cambridge. In 1948, she became a fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. She received Honorary Degrees from the University of Bath (DLitt,1983), University of Cambridge (1993) and Kingston University (1994).

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase and gift

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 926, June 17, 1968. Purchase from Eric and Joan Stevens Booksellers.

Accession number 1021, January 17, 1969. Purchase from Bertram Rota Ltd Booksellers. (Correspondence to Osborne and Ken)

Accession number 2105, 1996. Originally laid in book from the library of Max Kahn. (ALS to Mrs. Beckmann)

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Processing Information: Processed July 1969 and August 15, 1997


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[Item 1: Murdoch to Charles Osborne inviting him to dinner, 1965: June 13],
[Item 2: Murdoch to Charles Osborne sending greetings from Australia, 1967: March 1],
[Item 3: Murdoch to Charles Osborne sending Christmas greeting, 1967: December 31],
[Item 4: Murdoch to Mrs. Beckmann (widow of painter Max Beckmann), 1976: December 6],
[Item 5: Murdoch to "Ken" agreeing to write a reference for him, No year: March 20],
[Item 6: Murdoch to Eric and Joan Stevens, booksellers, ordering a list of books from their catalog, No year: April 16],
[Item 7: Murdoch to Charles Osborne commenting on a recent philosophical publication by "Mr. McKinney", No year: April 19],
[Item 8: Murdoch to Charles Osborne apologizing for breaking thier engagement for dinner, No year: June 25],
[Item 9: Murdoch to Charles Osborne inviting him to lunch on Friday, No date],
[Item 10: Murdoch to Charles Osborne expressing regret at having to miss his exhibit, No date],
[Item 11: Murdoch to Charles Osborne thanking him for his postcards, No date],
[Item 12: Murdoch to Charles Osborne sending best New Year wishes, No date],
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Item 8: Murdoch to Charles Osborne apologizing for breaking thier engagement for dinner, No year: June 25Add to your cart.
Autograph letter signed, 2 pages


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