Iris Murdoch and Philippa Foot: an Arc of Friendship - exhibition and events

  • Friday 3 - Thursday 25 May 2013
  • Kingston Museum Gallery
  • The exhibition and events will center on letters from Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) to Philippa Foot (1920-2010), acquired by Kingston University with the support of a grant of 107,000 from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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Dialogues event at LSE - on Iris Murdoch

Iris Murdoch Special Collections notice

The following two books from the Murdoch Oxford Library are currently at a conservator for necessary attention and therefore not available for issue. Apologies to any researchers who wish to use these volumes - their return will be announced in due course.

  • IML 1120: The annotated copy of Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti
  • IML 764: The Zen Poems of Ryokan

Queneau letters in Granta Magazine

Granta Magazine has published a small selection of the letters from Iris Murdoch to Raymond Queneau in issue 111.

Iris Murdoch Archive has acquired the library from Iris Murdoch's London home

Kingston University and the Iris Murdoch Society have bought the contents of Iris Murdoch's library from her London flat at Cornwall Gardens in Kensington. Murdoch kept a base in London until she died in 1999, and although this library is much smaller than her Oxford library which was acquired by Kingston University in 2004, it has several annotated texts that complement the existing one hundred annotated texts in the Oxford library. The annotations in the London library are written in books on education and politics, and will be invaluable to future researchers on Murdoch's work.

The London library also contains some items of intense personal significance to Murdoch. These include the leather-bound inscribed copy of The Sea, The Sea presented to her on winning the Booker Prize in 1978; the inscribed first editions of her novels that she had given to her mother; inscribed books from lovers, teachers and friends; her Book of Common Prayer, and the bible inscribed "with love from Grannie" given to Murdoch when she was ten years old (and with many underlinings in ink).

Now that Kingston University holds Murdoch's Oxford Library, her London Library, Peter Conradi's working archive amassed during the writing of Murdoch's official biography, and many important letter-runs, manuscripts, and other documents, Iris Murdoch Archive has become an unparalleled, world-class source of information for researchers on the life and work of Iris Murdoch.

Photograph of Iris Murdoch