Degrees of Freedom: The Novels of Iris Murdoch - BYATT, A. S.Chatto & Windus, 1965, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good - in Good+ DJ. DJ a little faded, offset from sticker at spine. Ex-library with usual marks. Hinge exposed at title page. Internally bright and clean. A good enough copy for reference or pleasure.
Mrs. Byatt, herself a novelist of high promise, as her Shadow of a Sun has shown, examines here the first eight novels of Miss Iris Murdoch. 'I began this book', she says, 'with a very simple, nagging curiosity to know exactly what Miss Murdoch was talking about, what sort of moral statement she was making.' Mrs. Byatt sees the central theme of the novels as that of freedom, each book offering a different variation of it. She draws upon Miss Murdoch's own critical writing to clarify certain points, and discusses how die thought of Freud, Sartre and Simone Weil has affected her ideas: she writes most perceptively about Miss Murdoch's symbolism, style and construction, indicating where in her view success is most nearly achieved and where comparative failure must be admitted. Every serious reader of the novels will be grateful to Mrs. Byatt for the light she throws upon them, and admire the intelligence and imagination she has brought to her task. 224pp. Index. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.
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