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Pollitici Meliora

By Frank Thompson

The author of To Iruska (click here) was much more than one of Iris Murdoch’s early boyfriends. Scholar, soldier and poet, his heroic death made him one of the most famous casualties of the Second World War, inspiring at least three books, one by his brother, the historian E.P Thompson, and most recently Peter Conradi’s  A Very English Hero: The Making of Frank Thompson (2012) . 143 more words


To Irushka

By Frank Thompson, Iris Murdoch’s first love


In 1939 Iris Murdoch, the 20-year-old future novelist, met fellow student and poet, Frank Thompson, in Oxford. It was first love for both, albeit chaste; they were both virgins when he was called up later the same year. 588 more words