Hand Luggage by John Bayley
A Personal Anthology (New Century)

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During the five years of the terminal illness of Dame Iris Murdoch, her husband John Bayley kept a commonplace book of writings which inspired him, which made him think more profoundly and which gave him courage in his darkest moment. This commonplace book forms the basis for this anthology which Bayley accompanies with his own moving and entertaining commentary.

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John Bayley is an eminent literary critic who taught at Oxford for more than 30 years, and was chairman of the Booker Prize Committee. Iris Murdoch died in February of 1999.
Published May 31, 2001 by Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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While younger (or non-British) readers might feel estranged from his classical roster (all 30 stanzas of a minor Browning poem, for instance, may seem untenable), Bayley includes some modern gems, like the lyrics to Dorothy Fields's "A Fine Romance," or the last page of Raymond Chandler's The Big...

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