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A prolific novelist and philosopher, Iris Murdoch (1919–1999) published 26 novels, three of which won major prizes, three plays, two volumes of poetry, numerous philosophical essays, three philosophical books, and two Platonic dialogues. Her major essays are collected in Existentialists and Mystics (1997) and The Sovereignty of Good (1970). Her first book-length work in philosophy was Sartre: Romantic Rationalist (1953). She wrote a study of Plato’s ideas on art and philosophy in The Fire and the Sun: Why Plato Banished the Artists (1977). Her two dialogues are published as Acastos: Two Platonic Dialogues (1986). Her magnum opus in philosophy is the massive Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals (1992). She had been working on a study of Heidegger and was on her 27th novel when ...

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