John Bayley (writer)

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Professor John Bayley CBE, FBA, FRSL (born 27 March 1925) is a British literary critic and writer.

Biography[edit]

Bayley was born in Lahore, British India, and educated at Eton, where he studied under G. W. Lyttelton, who also taught Aldous Huxley, J. B. S. Haldane, George Orwell and Cyril Connolly. After leaving Eton, he went on to take a degree at New College, Oxford.[1] From 1974 to 1992, Bayley was Warton Professor of English at Oxford. He is also a novelist and writes literary criticism for several newspapers. He edited Henry James' The Wings of the Dove and a two-volume selection of James' short stories.

From 1956 until her death in 1999, he was married to the writer Dame Iris Murdoch. When she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he wrote the book Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch, which was made into the 2001 film Iris by Richard Eyre. In this film, Bayley was portrayed in his early years by Hugh Bonneville, and in his later years by Jim Broadbent, who won an Oscar for the performance. After Murdoch's death he married Audi Villers, a family friend. He was awarded the CBE in 1999.

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • In Another Country (1986)
  • Alice (1994)
  • The Queer Captain (1995)
  • George's Lair (1996)
  • The Red Hat (1997)

Other works[edit]

  • The Romantic Survival (1953)
  • The Characters of Love: A Study in the Literature of Personality (1960)
  • Keats and Reality (1969)
  • Pushkin: A Comparative Commentary (1971)
  • The Uses of Division (1976)
  • An Essay on Hardy (1978)
  • Shakespeare and Tragedy (1981)
  • Selected Essays (1984)
  • The Order of Battle at Trafalgar (1987)
  • The Short Story: Henry James to Elizabeth Bowen (1988)
  • Tolstoy and the Novel (1988)
  • Housman's Poems (1992)
  • Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch (1998)
  • Elegy for Iris: A Memoir (1999)
  • Iris and her Friends: A Memoir of Memory and Desire (1999)
  • Widower's House (2001)[2]
  • Hand Luggage: A Personal Anthology (2001)
  • The Power of Delight (2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2001/mar/18/biography.irismurdoch
  2. ^ Andreas Dorschel, 'Kuschelecke Liebe. 'Das Haus des Witwers': John Bayley erinnert sich kaum an Iris', in: Süddeutsche Zeitung Nr. 115 (21 May 2002), p. 20.

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