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What does Iris Murdoch mean to you now?

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What does Iris Murdoch mean to you now?
MARY BEARD I only met Iris Murdoch once, and was disappointed that she seemed so uninteresting and uninterested. In my late teens, A Severed Head and The Bell had opened my eyes to another world. I took them as a rather elegant form of social realism (I still half-suspect they were), and I loved the new world they opened up to me – of men who actually worked as “wine merchants”, of errant schoolteachers, and of staggeringly intellectualized obsessions. When I later discovered that she was also a philosopher who wrote on Plato, it made Classics seem a lot sexier;...
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