's publisher, Anthony Blond
, felt that the novel's subject, mental alienation, might not be attractive to readers, but his secretary (the firm's only employee at the time) said she would leave unless he...
British Book News considered this work as an ambitious historical novel; its laudatory review concentrated on narrative style and plausibility of detail.
British Book News. British Council.
But many British readers considered it primarily as a parallel...
The dedicatee is Margaret Hubbard
, who like Murdoch was one of St Anne's College
's original Fellows when it achieved collegiate status in 1957. The book was adapted for television in 1975 by Simon Raven
Conradi, Peter J. Iris Murdoch. A Life. HarperCollins, 2002.