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Iris Murdoch: the sovereignty of love

Iris Murdoch's many affairs fuelled her intellectual adventures

By Ann Chisholm   November 2015

Iris Murdoch breakfasting at home with her husband John Bayley. © Photo by Terry Smith/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

 Letters from Iris Murdoch, edited by Avril Horner and Anne Rowe (Chatto & Windus, Vintage, £25)

Iris Murdoch knew the risks of writing letters. In The Black Prince, her great novel about the destructive power of love, one character observes: “What dangerous machines letters are. Perhaps it is as well that…

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