Item #6366 A Word Child. Iris Murdoch.

A Word Child

London: Chatto & Windus, 1975. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's orange cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.

"Art must invent new beauty, not play with what has already been made, religion must invent God and never rest." First edition of prolific Anglo-Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch’s seventeenth 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. A Word Child centers on Hilary Burde, an obsessively guilty civil servant and polyglot navigating a series of moral dilemmas resulting from a tragic love triangle. A somber comedy and a Platonic attack on liberalism, the novel was received to acclaim upon publication. Dust jacket designed by British writer and artist Christopher Cornford. Fine in price-clipped dust jacket. Item #6366


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