Iris Murdoch

1919 - 1999

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Dame Jean Iris Murdoch ( MUR-dok; 15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was an Irish and British novelist and philosopher. Murdoch is 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 (1954), was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Iris Murdoch has received more than 1,839,151 page views. Her biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Iris Murdoch is the 859th most popular writer (up from 1,017th in 2019), the 30th most popular biography from Ireland (up from 39th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Irish Writer.

Iris Murdoch was a British novelist and philosopher. She is most famous for her novel "The Sea, The Sea" which won the Booker Prize in 1978.

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Notable Works

A Severed Head
English fiction
Under the net
The bell
Didactic fiction
The sandcastle
The nice and the good
The flight from the enchanter


Among writers, Iris Murdoch ranks 859 out of 7,302Before her are Vicente Aleixandre, Meša Selimović, Philippe Ariès, Jan Neruda, Ibn al-Jawzi, and Ernesto Sabato. After her are John Fante, Ambrose Bierce, Philostratus, Peter Weiss, Frederick Forsyth, and Aziz Nesin.

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Among people born in 1919, Iris Murdoch ranks 29Before her are Gerhard Barkhorn, Donald Pleasence, Dino De Laurentiis, Lex Barker, Oleg Penkovsky, and Boris Shcherbina. After her are Andreas Papandreou, Moïse Tshombe, Leon Festinger, Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, César Manrique, and James M. Buchanan. Among people deceased in 1999, Iris Murdoch ranks 28Before her are Julius Nyerere, Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, Akio Morita, Glenn T. Seaborg, Trygve Haavelmo, and Henry Way Kendall. After her are Desmond Llewelyn, Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz, Oliver Reed, Mary Ainsworth, Fred Trump, and Hélder Câmara.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Iris Murdoch ranks 30 out of 549Before her are Lola Montez (1821), Michael Collins (1890), Ernest Shackleton (1874), James Ussher (1581), Cillian Murphy (1976), and Causantín mac Cináeda (836). After her are Bono (1960), Bertie Ahern (1951), Gabriel Byrne (1950), Brendan Gleeson (1955), Francis Beaufort (1774), and John Field (1782).

Among WRITERS In Ireland

Among writers born in Ireland, Iris Murdoch ranks 9Before her are James Joyce (1882), George Bernard Shaw (1856), Samuel Beckett (1906), Bram Stoker (1847), W. B. Yeats (1865), and Laurence Sterne (1713). After her are Joseph Murphy (1898), Ethel Voynich (1864), Saint Gall (550), Thomas Moore (1779), Christy Brown (1932), and Sheridan Le Fanu (1814).