Literary Influences Of Iris Murdoch, Murdoch And Other Literary Theories

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After F.r.Leavis, the names that one can hear or see repeatedly while Byatt speaking or writing about herself as a writer, are Iris Murdoch, Marcel Proust and George Eliot. As a contemporary British novelist, Murdoch has written over twenty novels and a number of critical and philosophical studies. Both Byatt and Murdoch write packed, textured novels that take for granted an audience with the time and the desire to linger over words and philosophical knots. Other contemporary English novelist with whom Byatt remains often related include Margaret Drabble, her younger sister, Faye Weldon, A. N. Wilson, and David Lodge.
Murdoch’s essay “Against Dryness: A Polemical Sketch” stays one that Byatt often quotes as a way
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It was there that she met her first husband, Ian Byatt, a British economist, and subsequently had two children, Antonia and Charles. In 1962, she began teaching part-time at the University of London, and in 1965, at the Central School of Art and Design. Her first novel, The Shadow of a Sun, which she had begun at Cambridge when she was seventeen, published in 1964. These years were extremely busy for Byatt as she attended to her family, kept up her teaching, wrote fiction, and initiated to branch out into literary criticism with Degrees of Freedom: The Novels of Iris Murdoch (1965). She was also beginning to write reviews, do talks and interviews for the BBC, and write scholarly…show more content…
“The July Ghost,” another Jamesian story explains a woman who stand too “sensible” to see her own son’s ghost and can only be comforted secondhand through her lodger who, to his consternation is able to see the ghost. Despite a lasting sadness, nevertheless, Byatt admits that in recent years her work has developed an unexpected lightness adding that she has only lately been able to see again properly, after a kind of blind sorrow. She’s drawn to the sparkle of Matisse, the uselessness of cheerfulness. “If one day you regain the sense that these colors and this tension are extraordinarily beautiful, it feels like an incredible gift. The human condition is horrible; all this beauty is extra.”
After Charles’s death, Byatt began to teach at University College. “I think what saved me was the students,” she says with wonder. She began to complete her book, The Virgin in the Garden which she interrupted after the death of her son. It published in 1978.It remains the first of a series of four novels that represents the life of the Potter family. A minor character is Mrs. Thone, who becomes devastated by her son’s death. Guilt and grief are explored in brief here and would continue to be touched upon in Byatt’s later

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