Something Special (Paperback)

Author: Murdoch, Iris

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Reminiscent of James Joyce''s "The Dead", this previously unpublished work by Iris Murdoch (1918-1999) is a bittersweet, haunting story about Yvonne, an ordinary, bold young Irish woman who believes there is more to life than marriage to Sam, the dutiful Jewish lad courting her. Line drawings.


Publisher Lightning Source Inc
Mfg Part# 9780393335217
SKU 208357224
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0393335216
Release Date 6/30/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 0.25T
Author Info
Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch was the only child of Anglo-Irish parents, and spent a happy childhood in Dublin. At boarding school, she played field hockey and was head girl. She went on to graduate from Oxford, where she taught philosophy until 1963. The author of more than 20 novels, as well as plays and philosophical works, Murdoch was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1987. Murdoch was beloved by a large number of friends. In the words of Hilary Mantel, "She radiated a powerful benignity, a goodness that seemed to have little to do with 'saintliness,' but much to do with strength and vertu; there was a heartbreaking simplicity about her...." In 1994, Iris Murdoch became afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease. from which she died in 1999 at the age of 79. A moving memoir of her last years, ELEGY FOR IRIS, was published a year before she died by her husband, the writer John Bayley, whom she married in 1956.
"This posthumous short story by Iris Murdoch reads like an outtake from Joyce's DUBLINERS....Even with the handsome illustrations by Michael McCurdy, it is hard to see what makes this brief tale special enough to merit a volume of its own."
"[A]dmirers of Iris Murdoch at her best may well wonder what all the fuss is about."
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Annotation This small, ultra-realistic posthumous work by Iris Murdoch (1918-99) tells the story of a young Irish woman in the 1950s who, in hope of "something special" in her life, resists marriage to a distinctly ordinary young man. It is illustrated with line drawings by Michael McCurdy.
Editors Note Set in Dublin in the 1950s, this haunting, previously unpublished story follows Yvonne, a young Irish woman, who becomes convinced that there is more to life than marriage to Sam, the dutiful Jewish young man who is courting her, in a beautifully illustrated tale of love and repression. 15,000 first printing.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0064
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company

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