Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by John Bayley, 275 pp, with illus, $22.95, ISBN 0-312-19864-7, New York, NY, St Martin's Press, 1999.
In Elegy for Iris, John Bayley describes his life with the writer Iris Murdoch (1919-1999), focusing on the years since her development of Alzheimer disease (AD). This is a subtle and charming book, which at times startles the reader.
Bayley and Murdoch met when they were at Oxford, he as a 28-year-old graduate student in English literature, she a 34-year-old philosophy fellow and tutor. He was attracted by her resoluteness, kindness, and grubbiness. They married and were, according to Bayley, happy.
Alzheimer MemoirElegy for Iris. JAMA. 1999;282(11):1093-1094. doi:10.1001/jama.282.11.1093-JBK0915-2-1