The Book and the Brotherhood *SIGNED*

The Book and the Brotherhood is in hardcover with a dust jacket. Condition: Very good. The dust jacket spine shows slight fading. Slight foxing on top edges of pages. Bookplate signed by the author. First edition, second impression. Please get in touch if you’d like to see more images.


Iris Murdoch


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The Book and the Brotherhood Synopsis

The story of a circle of Oxford University graduates in 1980s England. The eponymous book is a theoretical work on Marxism which is to be written by a member of the group. After graduating from university, the friends had agreed to finance the writing of this book as a ‘brotherhood’ but grow uneasy as no written work is in sight and the stipend continues to be paid.

David Crimond, tasked with writing the book, resurfaces at a commemoration ball the friends attend. His sudden reappearance induces the group to attempt resolving the untenable situation by pressing for clarification. In turn they find themselves confronted with how far removed they are from their former Marxist beliefs and their own philosophical disorientation. As Crimond promises progress on the book, his draw causes the members of the circle to plunge into chaos.

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About Iris Murdoch

Dame Jean Iris Murdoch (15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was an Irish and British novelist and philosopher. Her first published novel, Under the Net (1954), was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library’s 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Her 1978 novel The Sea, the Sea won the Booker Prize. In 1987, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to literature.

Her other books include The Bell (1958), A Severed Head (1961), The Red and the Green (1965), The Nice and the Good (1968), The Black Prince (1973), Henry and Cato (1976), The Philosopher’s Pupil (1983), The Good Apprentice (1985), The Book and the Brotherhood (1987), The Message to the Planet (1989), and The Green Knight (1993).

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Iris Murdoch


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Second Impression