Iris Murdoch: Jackson's Dilemma

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Jackson's Dilemma is the last of Iris Murdoch's twenty-six novels published in 1995, forty years after her first, Under the Net (1954). It received puzzled, as well as mixed reviews. By the beginning of 1997, an article confirming that Murdoch was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease had appeared in The Daily Telegraph (Feb 4th 1997). John Bayley's memoirs, Iris (1998) and Iris and the Friends (1999), reveal that “the first symptoms declared themselves” as early as 1993-4, and it is clear that she was struggling to write this final novel in a state of increasing mental distress and disability. Scientists investigating the nature of Alzheimer'…

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White, Frances Clare Patricia. "Jackson's Dilemma". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 September 2006
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