P.J. Murphy taught for nine years in the Simon Fraser University Prison Education Programme prior to co-editing Sentences and Paroles: A Prison Reader (New Star, 1998) with Jennifer Murphy, who was completing a Social Work degree at the University College of the Cariboo.

Subsequently Murphy has taught at Thompson Rivers University's English department. He is also the author of books on Samuel Beckett and co-editor of Life-25 with Lloyd Johnsen.

P.J. Murphy's Beckett's Dedalus: Dialogical Engagements with Joyce in Beckett's Fiction (UTP 2008 ) re-examines the nature and extent of James Joyce's influence throughout Beckett's major fiction. Murphy contends that Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was consistently affected by the protagonist of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus--and the great writers in a "complex life-giving and art-building dialogue." $65 978-0-8020-9796-5

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