Iris Murdoch was born on July 15, 1919, in Dublin, Ireland. She released her first novel in 1954, and also would go to release more than 26 novels. The Sea, the Sea won a Booker Prize in 1978. While she was growing up, her dad worked as a civil servant, and her mom as a trained opera singer. An only child, Murdoch after described her joyful family as “a perfect trinity of love.”
The youthful Murdoch went to boarding school in Bristol until 1938, when she started attending Somerville College, which at that time was a university for girls in Oxford. Upon graduating with honours in 1942, she began working as assistant principal for the British treasury. She left that place in 1946 using the aim to help her education.
In 1947, Murdoch took a philosophy studentship in the University of Cambridge. Philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein was the leading professor in the section at that time, and Murdoch initially rejected his logical positivism in favor of existentialism. She finally settled on being a Platonist. In 1948, Murdoch was hired as a philosophy coach at St. Anne’s College in Oxford. She’d keep her cherished standing for another two decades, during which time she composed such philosophical works as Sartre: Romantic Rationalist, printed in 1953.
In 1995, at age 76, Murdoch’s 26th and last novel Jackson’s Dilemma was printed. The exact same year, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In the past few years to come, writing became increasingly problematic for the writer. Bayley cared for his precious Iris at home until he believed he’d no option however to put her in a care facility. Iris, a movie about Murdoch’s life based on Bayley’s memoir, was released two years after her passing. Celebrity Kate Winslet impersonates the youthful Murdoch in the movie, and Judi Dench plays the writer after in life, succumbing to Alzheimer’s.