London: Chatto & Windus, 1985. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s cerulean cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Jealousy lasts forever. Bad news for the young." First edition of prolific Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch’s twenty-second novel. A master of the psychological, Murdoch is best known for her darkly comic fiction exploring virtue, morality, evil, sexuality, and the power of the unconscious, influenced by her education in classics and philosophy. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Good Apprentice centers on Edward Baltram, a college student who is tormented by guilt and self-hatred after he is inadvertently instrumental in his roommate’s death by lacing his food with hallucinogenic drugs as a prank. Like much of her later work, the novel illustrates Murdoch’s theological vision of a post-Christian Platonism. Dust jacket designed by English artist Tom Phillips. Textblock age-toned, spine slightly rolled; unclipped dust jacket with approx. 1" closed tear to upper flap fold, light rubbing to edges. Very good. Item #6108