The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch

Bradley Pearson, an unsuccessful novelist in his late fifties, has finally left his dull office job as an Inspector of Taxes. Bradley hopes to retire to the country, but predatory friends and relations dash his hopes of a peaceful retirement. He is tormented by his melancholic sister, who has decided to come live with him; his ex-wife, who has infuriating hopes of redeeming the past; her delinquent brother, who wants money and emotional confrontations; and Bradley's friend and rival, Arnold Baffin, a younger, deplorably more successful author of commercial fiction. The ever-mounting action includes marital cross-purposes, seduction, suicide, abduction, romantic idylls, murder, and due process of law. Bradley tries to escape from it all but fails, leading to a violent climax and a coda that casts shifting perspectives on all that has preceded.

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The 939th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 49th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  2. - 65th on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)

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Three Plays: "Black Prince", "The Three Arrows" and "The Servants and the Snow" Hardcover 8238949 $100.00 $68.11 1989
El principe negro/ The Black Prince (Spanish Edition) Paperback 9427132 $12.76 $12.75 2009
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