Peter Conradi Archive

Scope and Content

Research and correspondence related to Peter Conradi's book Iris Murdoch: A Life which was published in 2001. Peter Conradi was a friend of Iris Murdoch and she asked him to write her official biography.

The research either focuses on specific individuals who knew Iris Murdoch, or on specific periods in her life. It includes interviews and correspondence with those who knew her; copies of some of her writings; copies of articles on and interviews with Iris Murdoch; and research into her family, her schools, her life at Oxford and Cambridge, her work during the war, and other places of interest. The collection also contains original and copies of letters written by Iris Murdoch to various friends and acquaintances. With some research conducted by Jane Jantet, Peter Conradi's research assistant.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Peter Conradi is a scholar of literature and a biographer. He is the author of critical studies of Dostoevsky, Angus Wilson, and John Fowles. He was a friend of Dame Iris Murdoch’s and his biography Iris Murdoch: A Life was published in 2001. He has also published books on Iris Murdoch's correspondence during the Second World War, and a biography of Frank Thompson.

Conditions Governing Access

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Other Finding Aids

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The collection of books associated with the collection are listed on our library catalogue

Conditions Governing Use

Some items in the collection can not be copied from due to their physical condition or copyright law. Please send all copying enquiries to the Archive at