ELEGY FOR IRIS

ELEGY FOR IRIS

By: Bayley, John

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A highly collectible first edition/printing, a tight clean copy, protected in a new brodart wrapper, no inscriptions or markings, not price clipped an ex-library or a book of the month club edition; In one of literary history's ghastlier ironies, Iris Murdoch, the author of such highly intellectual and philosophical novels as A Severed Head and Under the Net, was diagnosed in 1994 with Alzheimer's disease, which slowly destroys reasoning powers, memory, even the ability to speak coherently. Her husband, English literary critic John Bayley, unsparingly depicts his wife's affliction in prose as elegant and accessible as hers always was. Readers may wince at the spectacle of Murdoch glued to the TV watching the Teletubbies program, unable to perform tasks as simple as dressing herself and prey to devastating anxiety as the world becomes less and less comprehensible to her. We understand Bayley's occasional fits of rage when his caretaking chores overwhelm him. Yet in the end his memoir is touching, even inspiring.

Title: ELEGY FOR IRIS

Author Name: Bayley, John

Categories: Biographies & Memoirs,

Edition: First

Publisher: St Martins Pr: 1999

ISBN Number: 0312198647

ISBN Number 13: 9780312198640

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine/Fine

Seller ID: RWARE0000007933