Iris and Her Friends
A Memoir of Memory and Desire
By (author) John Bayley
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Iris and Her Friends by John Bayley
Book DescriptionJohn Bayley began writing Iris and Her Friends, a companion to the New York Times bestseller Elegy for Iris, late at night while his wife, the beloved novelist Iris Murdoch, succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease. As Iris was losing her memory, Bayley was flooded with vivid recollections of his own. In lyrical reverie, Bayley recreates the unforgettable scenes of his youth, from his birth to a civil servant in colonial India to his long romance with Iris and its heartbreaking end. This is the transcendent work of a brilliant man, whose examination of the tragedies and joys of his own life will give readers great healing insight. John Bayley's Iris and Her Friends is nothing less than a classic of true love and sorrow. "Love makes every beautifully formed sentence, every generously shared moment, shimmer and sing."-Donna Seaman, Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393320794
(180mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 25-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Bayley
Iris, Paperback (July 2012)
At times unbearably moving, at times poignantly comical, this memoir provides a fitting memorial to Dame Iris. It is an enchanting portrait of a remarkable marriage and an inspiration for anyone whose life is affected by Alzheimer's.
Glass of Blessings, Paperback (December 2009)
Barbara Pym was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1978 and is the quintessential VMC author. Following on from the huge success of JANE AND PRUDENCE, this novel was loved by Philip Larkin who declared it 'the subtlest of her books'.
Power of Delight, Paperback (June 2006)
Features a range of Bayley's life and work, divided into eight sections that include 'English Literature', 'Russian Novels', and 'American Poetry'. This work examines classics, neglected gems, and masterpieces, from Jane Austen to Milan Kundera, Leo Tolstoy to John Ashbery, and from Robert Lowell to George Orwell.
Collected Shorter Fiction, Hardback (October 2001)» View all books by John Bayley
Written over a period of more than half a century, Tolstoy's enchanting short stories and novellas reflect every aspect of his developing art and outlook. This book reveals how these spiritual intimations flowered into a series of extraordinary late masterpieces which equal anything in the earlier novels for intensity and power.
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Author Biography - John Bayley
Born in India in 1925, John Bayley was educated at Eton and Oxford. He became a fellow of New College in 1955, where he taught English. In 1956, he married the novelist Iris Murdoch, who was then teaching philosophy at St. Anne's College. Bayley is an eminent literary critic and the author of Iris and Her Friends and Elegy for Iris. He has since remarried. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and an active supporter of Alzheimer's International, Bayley still lives and writes in Oxford, England.
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