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Iris and Her Friends: A Memoir of Memory and Desireby John Bayley
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John Bayley began writing , a companion to the bestseller , late at night while his wife, the beloved novelist Iris Murdoch, succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease. As Iris was losing her memory, Bayley was flooded with vivid recollections of his own. In lyrical reverie, Bayley recreates the unforgettable scenes of his youth, from his birth to a civil servant in colonial India to his long romance with Iris and its heartbreaking end. This is the transcendent work of a brilliant man, whose examination of the tragedies and joys of his own life will give readers great healing insight. John Bayley's is nothing less than a classic of true love and sorrow. "Love makes every beautifully formed sentence, every generously shared moment, shimmer and sing."--Donna Seaman,
A timeless work that will bring healing to anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one.
As his wife, beloved novelist Iris Murdoch, succumbed to Alzheimer's, John Bayley wrote his own recollections as a companion piece to "Elegy for Iris". Sharing his memories from childhood as a civil servant in colonial India to his long romance with Iris and its heartbreaking end, Bayley's examinations of his own life offer readers great healing insight.
About the Author
Born in India in 1925, John Bayley was educated at Eton and Oxford. He became a fellow of New College in 1955, where he taught English. In 1956, he married the novelist Iris Murdoch, who was then teaching philosophy at St. Anne's College. Bayley is an eminent literary critic and the author of Iris and Her Friends and Elegy for Iris. He has since remarried. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and an active supporter of Alzheimer's International, Bayley still lives and writes in Oxford, England.
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