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    "The Red & The Green" Iris Murdoch Penguin my first iris murdoch book.

    → Iris Murdoch. The Unicorn. New York: The Viking Press, 1963. First edition

    Iris Murdoch (photo by Cecil Beaton): "For most of us, for almost all of us, truth can be attained, if at all, only in silence. It is in silence that the human spirit touches the divine.” (from 'Under the Net')

    Dame Iris Murdoch DBE (15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about political and social questions of good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, Under the Net, was selected in 2001 by the editorial board as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 1987, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

    "Time, like the sea, unties all knots." Iris Murdoch

    List of 50 must read books selecting the best book from each year from 1963 through 2013

    “All artists dream of a silence which they must enter, as some creatures return to the sea to spawn.” — Iris Murdoch

    One of the many, many vintage (50s-70s) Penguin paperback designs I love. I should probably start a board just for Penguins...

    Iris Murdoch: The sandcastle. Penguin Books 1964. Cover drawing by Terence Greer. (vintage art, illustration, illustrator)

    Iris Murdoch Pathway to life

    Dame Iris Murdoch: 1919-1999; Dame Iris Murdoch was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, Under the Net, was selected as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 1987, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The Times ranked her on "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".