Stamp honours novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch


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30 July 2019
A plaque and a special postage stamp to honour author and philosopher, Dame Iris Murdoch was recently unveiled in Dublin.

Dublin City Council and An Post marked the birth centenary of Irish Murdoch in Blessington Street Park, The Basin, Dublin 7, a stones’ throw from her birthplace.  

The new stamp is designed by Steve Simpson, and features an illustration based on a portrait photograph of Murdoch, set in the iconic style of her early books. The ‘N’ rate stamp is valid for postage in Ireland and is available from the An Post website.

Purpose and relevance

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A spokesperson for An Post said: ‘100 years after her birth the works of Iris Murdoch retain purpose and relevance in modern society. Iris Murdoch is the subject of scholarly research and has a worldwide reader ship… Murdoch was a member of the Irish Academy of Letters and the first Irish writer to receive the Booker Prize, for The Sea, The Sea in 1978. Five more of her 26 novels were nominated for the prize.

An Post CEO, David Mc Redmond said: ‘We have a proud tradition of celebrating our great writers with stamps. Iris Murdoch unusually achieved mass popularity with a deep philosophical core in her novels.’