New PDF release: An Iris Murdoch Chronology

By Valerie Purton (auth.)

ISBN-10: 023059798X

ISBN-13: 9780230597983

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26 Russia signs a friendship declaration with Poland. December 26 IM spends Boxing Day with David Hicks and his family in Palmer’s Green, North London. 1939 During her student days IM writes a fan letter to Samuel Beckett, whose novel, Murphy she adores. Only Denis Healey, fellow Labour Club member, has a copy and he lends it out to his friends. IM tells Beckett this and that there is a copy in the Buckingham Palace Road library: should she steal it? He replies saying that she should. January (early) 14 IM is rudely rejected by David Hicks.

L. B. Trend. IM decides to go into the Civil Service (possibly because of her father’s job there). She is interviewed for the Treasury and accepted. July (early) Only ten days after having sat for her Finals, IM leaves Oxford for London to take up her post as temporary Assistant Principal to the Treasury. (mid) IM writes to Philippa Bosanquet from 55, Barrowgate Road, Chiswick, a street away from her parents’ bomb-damaged house, about the surreal, telephone-haunted world of the Treasury. She feels that she is simply acting a role in her new job.

The Russians enter Bucharest and gain control of Rumania. September IM is refused a job with the flying squad since she cannot ride a motorbike. 5 The USSR declares war on Bulgaria. 24 IM writes to David Hicks, describing the pain of her breakup with Thomas Balogh. She is reading Henry James eagerly and compares herself to one of his heroines, suggesting that, like them, she may have a wild streak. She describes herself as also having a restrained and polite affair with a French diplomat, Olivier Wormser.

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