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Andy Miller's devotion to the classics 'turns out to be triumphantly justified'. Photograph: Keith Morris/Alamy Believers used to put their trust in a single, sacred Good Book, some of it thought to have been personally dictated by God. More recently,
Shares in Iris Murdoch are in freefall ' Photograph: Jane Bown for the Observer Towards the end of his long and industrious career, the literary jack-of-all trades Beverley Nichols (1898-1983) sat down to ponder the enticing topic of his reputation.
Words, words, words Scott Shepherd (with Richard Burton on film) playing Hamlet in The Wooster Group's production at the Edinburgh International festival. Photograph: Paula Court He dealt in archetypes before anyone knew such things existed, and his
Sophia Evans for the Observer When Graham Greene published his novel A Burnt-Out Case in 1960, an article appeared in the Daily Express predicting a great deal of "guessing in Fleet Street" about the real-life model for the lying muckraker Parkinson.
There is an interview included on the DVD version of Oliver Stone's 1987 film Wall Street in which Michael Douglas makes a startling confession. In all the years since portraying Gordon Gekko, the prototypical bad guy of New York high finance, young
Featured Video Close More Video David, David, David, you can't be serious. You're a smart guy, you didn't really say, Virginia Woolf is the only writer that interests me as a woman writer...What about Austen and the Bronte Sisters, Doris Lessing and
Iris Murdoch, sympathetic fellow Dilys Rowe meets Iris Murdoch, author and Oxford don Dilys Rowe Iris Murdoch, author, photographed by Jane Bown in 1978. Photograph: Jane Bown In Iris Murdoch , some of us feel, this country has a writer to rank with
I think I was in love with you from Seaforth days,' she wrote to Foot. 'And this has never stopped.' Photograph: Jane Bown In The Black Prince , her great novel about the perils of love, Iris Murdoch has her main character say: "What dangerous
1 September 2012 Dame Iris Murdoch enjoyed an intense 60-year romance with one of her closest friends, a collection of newly-released letters has revealed. The 250 letters, spanning half a century from the 1940s to the 1990s, were written by Murdoch
Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian Iris Murdoch's profound love for one of her closest friends and, for a while, her lover the philosopher Philippa Foot, are revealed in a collection of letters acquired by a British archive with £107,000 of lottery money.