An Iris Murdoch Chronology by Valerie Purton (auth.)

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12 IM has been assigned to ‘rehabilitation’ with UNRRA, her plans for going abroad having come to nothing. She has started work at the European Regional Office of UNRRA at 11, Portland Place in London. In the early summer she manages to extricate herself painfully from the affair with Thomas Balogh. ) July IM has completed her second novel. In the July – September 1944 edition of Adelphi magazine, in her third article, IM reviews Worship and the Common Life by Eric Hayman, 34 An Iris Murdoch Chronology continuing her argument that Christianity needs to engage with the real world to survive.

In London, IM buys and annotates a copy of Soren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling: A Dialectical Lyric by Johannes de Silentio, translated from the Danish by Robert Payne (1939). D. Foot writes to Frank Thompson about his sense of having been knocked down after his rejection by IM. Massacre of Jews in the Warsaw ghetto. Frank has received IM’s letter about her loss of virginity. He writes an equally long reply, saying that he cannot be glad at the news. He identifies two major difficulties with her position, one the dangerous violence in men, a deep misogyny which IM has yet to experience because of her respectable choice of lovers.

This includes ‘Red Fly the Banners O’, ‘The Monolithic Party’ and ‘Brian Pearce’s Song’. ’ August (last two weeks) IM travels with the Magpie Players, organised by Tom Fletcher from Ruskin College, performing sketches, ballads and songs in the Oxford countryside. The proceeds are to go to the Oxford University Refugee Appeal. 16 They begin in Bucklebury in West Berkshire, where IM for the first time stays in a proper farm and proceed, with ten stops, to Winchcombe in Gloucestershire. 23 The Ribbentrop/Molotov Non-Aggression Pact is signed by Germany and Russia.

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