Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 22 December 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 51, p. nf113
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2004.51.nf113]

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Novelist's final work reveals early signs of Alzheimer's disease

Mitch Leslie

http://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2004/51/nf113

Abstract: Bad reviews are an occupational hazard for writers, even for Iris Murdoch, whom many critics rank as one of the best 20th century British novelists. But reviewers who lamented the uncharacteristic emptiness and sloppiness of her 1995 novel Jackson's Dilemma had noticed more than a literary lapse. Alzheimer's disease was already eroding Murdoch's command of English, according to a new computer analysis of three of her novels.

Citation: M. Leslie, Telltale Text. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2004 (51), nf113 (2004).

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