Brigid Brophy

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Iris Murdoch,  novelist, playwright and philosopher. Photograph: Getty

I first read Iris Murdoch’s writing in 1999, shortly after her death and the Penguin reprint of her Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sea, the Sea (with(...)

Iris Murdoch and her husband, John Bayley, Warton Professor of English at Oxford. While her imbroglios outside marriage have long been known about, these letters lay bare Murdoch’s almost desperate desires – and not only for men. Bayley remained a rock, however; and she always came home

“I should tell you that I have parted company with my virginity,” wrote 23-year-old Iris Murdoch to the soldier Frank Thompson in January 1943. She ha(...)