author who was the subject of a 2001 film starring judi dench and kate winslet
Elegy for Iris is a 1999 memoir by John Bayley, about his marriage to fellow author Iris Murdoch, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in her last years. Bayley also wrote two more books about his life with Murdoch, Iris and Her Friends and Widower’s House.
In 2001, the film Iris was based on Bayley’s book. Part of the movie and the book on the life of Iris Murdoch both dealt with her view of marriage, in which she felt it was acceptable for her to engage in adultery. Her husband, John Bayley, knew about her acts of infidelity, especially with one lover in particular. He tolerated it throughout their marriage.
Born John Oliver Bayley
27 March 1925
Lahore, Punjab, British India
Died 12 January 2015 (aged 89)
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Spouse(s) Iris Murdoch
Iris (2001 film)
Screenplay by Richard Eyre Charles Wood
Based on Elegy for Iris by John Bayley
Starring Judi Dench Kate Winslet Jim Broadbent Hugh Bonneville
Music by James Horner