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.
She said she wanted to devote more time to writing, which was true. She had also been warned by the principal about the scandal caused by her long-standing relationship with a colleague, the classicism Margaret Hubbard