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John Bayley, half of a famed and devoted literary couple, dies at 89
John Bayley, half of a famed and devoted literary couple, dies at 89

As marriages go, John Bayley and Iris Murdoch's was one for the ages — doting, dotty and undyingly tolerant. He was the eminent critic and Oxford don, who also was known to stuff his pockets with leftovers. She was the brilliant novelist and skinny-dipping libertine, whose philosophical treatments of love and freedom brought her the Booker Prize and an English title. In their more than 40 years together, they shared a private language of endearments and lived in tranquil squalor in a country house overrun with books, mail, piled-up clothes and moldering scraps of food. Visitors were spared none of the mess. When Murdoch began to "sail into the dark" of...

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