Who does John Bayley that's Mr. Iris Murdoch to you think he is? Leo-nard Woolf, one would guess, the talented-if-not-quite-brilliant husband of a brilliant-if-not-quite-self-sufficient writer; perhaps he even thinks of himself as a Browning, an equal partner in a dual enterprise of literary creation. Whatever his self-
image, what Bayley comes across as is a writer who engages in precisely the same sorts of literary projects as his wife with about one-tenth of the skill. Feminism's advances aside, it's still not quite a respectable position to be a man and to be on the bottom, and perhaps the most revelatory... More >>>
John Bayley and Iris Murdoch: His memoir illuminates the jealousies of a man forced to play second fiddle to his wife.