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Iris Murdoch, active from the second world war till almost the end of the twentieth century, was best known as a philosophical novelist with a wild sense of comedy. Her twenty-six novels foreground philosophic issues similar to those discussed in her well-regarded academic publications. She contributed to many periodicals, and wrote plays for stage and radio, an opera libretto, and poetry.
15 July 1919 IM was born at 59 Blessington Street, Dublin, seven years after her parents' marriage; it was a difficult birth. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 June 1961 IM published her novel A Severed Head, a story about the trials of love and the rearranging of relationships. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
June 1963 A Severed Head, a play adapted by IM and J. B. Priestley from her novel of the same name, had its first performance, at the Theatre Royal, Bristol. Bibliographic Citation link.
May 1970 Dick Clement's film of IM's A Severed Head, with screenplay by Frederick Raphael, was released; Murdoch thought it "Terrible." Bibliographic Citation link.
5 October 1995 IM's final novel, Jackson's Dilemma, appeared. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 February 1999 IM died in an Oxford nursing home. Bibliographic Citation link.
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