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Elegy For Iris

Author : John Bayley
ISBN : 9781466854246
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"I was living in a fairy story--the kind with sinister overtones and not always a happy ending--in which a young man loves a beautiful maiden who returns his love but is always disappearing into some unknown and mysterious world, about which she will reveal nothing." So John Bayley describes his life with his wife, Iris Murdoch, one of the greatest contemporary writers in the English-speaking world, revered for her works of philosophy and beloved for her incandescent novels. In Elegy for Iris, Bayley attempts to uncover the real Iris, whose mysterious world took on darker shades as she descended into Alzheimer's disease. Elegy for Iris is a luminous memoir about the beauty of youth and aging, and a celebration of a brilliant life and an undying love.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Iris

Author : John Bayley
ISBN : 0715643258
Genre : Alzheimer's disease
File Size : 65.37 MB
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In this memoir, Bayley describes the life he shared with his wife, Iris Murdoch, afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. He explains how he coped emotionally and practically with the illness that beset the woman he loved and cherished.
Category: Alzheimer's disease

Iris And Her Friends A Memoir Of Memory And Desire

Author : John Bayley
ISBN : 9780393320794
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 55.99 MB
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The husband of Iris Murdoch and author of Elegy for Iris, follows up his moving memoir of his wife's struggle with memory loss by recalling his own past, describing vivid scenes of his childhood in colonial India, his vacations on the English coast, his early love of literature, and his romance with Iris. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Widower S House

Author : John Bayley
ISBN : 0393025616
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 67.19 MB
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A retired professor and widowed husband of Iris Murdoch describes his struggle to build a new life for himself after the death of his wife of forty-four years, his fate as a man in his mid-seventies beginning life anew, and the dozens of well-meaning women offering comfort--and more.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Iris Trilogy

Author : John Bayley
ISBN : 0349117195
Genre : Alzheimer's disease
File Size : 60.81 MB
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Wry, intelligent (an, at times, unexpectedly hilarious) The Iris Trilogy is an unforgettable inquiry into the nature of love and identity and a uniquely moving articulation of loss.
Category: Alzheimer's disease

Iris Murdoch

Author : Peter J. Conradi
ISBN : 0393048756
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Drawing on hundreds of interviews, letters, and diaries, an authorized biography of the critically acclaimed philosopher and novelist traces her personal life and literary and philosophical career, from her student days at Oxford, through her marriage to John Bayley, to Murdoch's remarkable influence on literary England, from 1940 to the present day.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Losing My Mind

Author : Thomas DeBaggio
ISBN : 9780743216722
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 84.92 MB
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When Tom DeBaggio turned fifty-seven in 1999, he thought he was about to embark on the relaxing golden years of retirement -- time to spend with his family, his friends, the herb garden he had spent decades cultivating and from which he made a living. Then, one winter day, he mentioned to his doctor during a routine exam that he had been stumbling into forgetfulness, making his work difficult. After that fateful visit, and a subsequent battery of tests over several months, DeBaggio joined the legion of twelve million others afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. But under such a curse, DeBaggio was also given one of the greatest gifts: the ability to chart the ups and downs of his own failing mind. Losing My Mind is an extraordinary first-person account of early onset Alzheimer's -- the form of the disease that ravages younger, more alert minds. DeBaggio started writing on the first day of his diagnosis and has continued despite his slipping grasp on one of life's greatest treasures, memory. In an inspiring and detailed account, DeBaggio paints a vivid picture of the splendor of memory and the pain that comes from its loss. Whether describing the happy days of a youth spent in a much more innocent time or evaluating how his disease has affected those around him, DeBaggio poignantly depicts one of the most important parts of our lives -- remembrance -- and how we often take it for granted. But to DeBaggio, memory is more than just an account of a time long past, it is one's ability to function, to think, and ultimately, to survive. As his life becomes reduced to moments of clarity, the true power of thought and his ability to connect to the world shine through, and in DeBaggio's case, it is as much in the lack of functioning as it is in the ability to function that one finds love, hope and the relaxing golden years of peace. At once an autobiography, a medical history and a testament to the beauty of memory, Losing My Mind is more than just a story of Alzheimer's, it is the captivating tale of one man's battle to stay connected with the world and his own life.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Something Special

Author : Iris Murdoch
ISBN : 0393050076
Genre : Fiction
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A story set in Dublin in the 1950s follows Yvonne, a young Irish woman, who becomes convinced that there is more to life than marriage to Sam, the dutiful young Jewish man who is courting her.
Category: Fiction

Under The Net

Author : Iris Murdoch
ISBN : 1101495804
Genre : Fiction
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A comic novel about work and love, wealth and fame Jake Donaghue, garrulous artist, meets Hugo Bellfounder, silent philosopher. Jake, hack writer and sponger, now penniless flat-hunter, seeks out an old girlfriend, Anna Quentin, and her glamorous actress sister, Sadie. He resumes acquaintance with the formidable Hugo, whose ‘philosophy’ he once presumptuously dared to interpret. These meetings involve Jake and his eccentric servant-companion, Finn, in a series of adventures that include the kidnapping of a film-star dog and a political riot on a film set of ancient Rome. Jake, fascinated, longs to learn Hugo’s secret. Perhaps Hugo’s secret is Hugo himself? Admonished, enlightened, Jake hopes at last to become a real writer.
Category: Fiction

Remembering Iris Murdoch

Author : J. Meyers
ISBN : 9781137347909
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This annotated edition of the unpublished letters that Iris Murdoch wrote to Jeffrey Meyers includes her discussion of writers from Conrad to Updike; her quarrel with Rebecca West; and her difficulty with Alzheimer's. With both scholarly insight and personal reflection, this volume will deepen our understanding of Murdoch's complex life and work.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines