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Iris Murdoch
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Philosopher
    (July 15, 1919-February 8, 1999)
    Full name was Jean Iris Murdoch
    Wrote the novels 'Under the Net,' 'The Flight from the Enchanter,' 'The Sandcastle,' 'The Bell,' 'A Severed Head,' 'An Unofficial Rose,' 'The Unicorn,' 'The Red and the Green,' 'A Fairly Honourable Defeat' and 'The Sacred and Profane Love Machine'
    Wrote the following works in philosophy: 'Sartre, Romantic Rationalist,' 'The Sovereignty of Good,' 'The Three Arrows,' 'The Fire and the Sun: Why Plato Banished The Artist,' 'The Existentialist Political Myth' and 'Metaphysics As A Guide To Morals'
    Her parents recorded the exact date that she was conceived.
    When she was nineteen she carried on a romantic correspondence with her own cousin, but they decided not to pursue a relationship after meeting.
    She was a member of the communist party for 5 years.
    In the spring of 1939, she rejected a total of 6 marriage proposals, even though she wrote 'I long to get married. I'd do anything to get married,' during this time.
    She bought her first TV in 1998.
    She was played by both Kate Winslet and Judi Dench in the film 'Iris.'
    She claimed to be a 'compulsive writer since the age of nine.'
    She translated the works of Horace at age 16.
    She was not afraid to embrace her sexuality, and slept with whomever she wanted, including Jean-Paul Sartre.
    She was a student of Ludwig Wittgenstein.
    Some consider her relationship with John Bayley to be one of the great romances of the 20th century.
    She was made a British Dame in 1987.
    She suffered from Alzheimer's disease during the last few years of her life.
    She said 'I have wanted to move from 'God' to 'Good,' taking 'religion' along too.'
    There was a film made about her life.
    She worked for the United Nations relief organization in Austria and Belgium.

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