Iris Murdoch's honour is 'held back'

Iris Murdoch's honour is 'held back'

Iris Murdoch's honour is 'held back'

First published in News

Author Iris Murdoch was denied an honour “until she had done something better”, it has been claimed.

Newly-released Government documents, obtained by the Mail on Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act, show officials considered granting the novellist a CBE in 1959.

However, it was commented that she was “still very young”, despite being 40 at the time.

Ms Murdoch, pictured, studied classics at Somerville College in Oxford in 1938, and returned to live in the city in 1948.

She was eventually awarded a CBE in 1976 and then a damehood in 1987.

She lived in and around Oxford until her death in 1999, aged 79.

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5:25pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Myron Blatz says...

Times change, as do attitudes toward the awarding of honours - and not always the fault of the male species, either! There always was a somewhat jealous and envious group of influential female academics who weren't comfortable with the likes of Murdoch - and some might suggest this hasn't changed in Oxford, which can apparently still be a very insular and inwardly looking world of academia.
Times change, as do attitudes toward the awarding of honours - and not always the fault of the male species, either! There always was a somewhat jealous and envious group of influential female academics who weren't comfortable with the likes of Murdoch - and some might suggest this hasn't changed in Oxford, which can apparently still be a very insular and inwardly looking world of academia. Myron Blatz
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