(born February 1918 - died April 2006 ) - Edinburgh
Muriel Spark was the grande dame of Scottish letters. A prolific writer, she has produced over twenty novels as well as works of poetry, drama, biography, non-fiction and children’s stories.
Spark was born Muriel Camberg in Edinburgh in 1918 and educated at James Gillespie's School for Girls (said to be the inspiration for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, her best known novel). She worked in a succession of jobs before marrying Sydney Spark in 1937. The couple had one son, Robin, and lived in Central Africa for a while. When the marriage ended, Spark moved to London.
Spark’s writing career began early on when she won a prize in school but she first came to the public’s attention when she won a short story competition in the Observer. Since then her work has attracted numerous awards including the James Tait Memorial Prize, the Saltire Society Book of the Year Award and the FNAC Prix Etranger. Her work has been recognised internationally: in 1978 she was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1988 to the L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Muriel Spark moved to Italy in 1967. Her long-awaited and much-acclaimed autobiography, Curriculum Vitae, appeared in 1992. In 1993 she was made Dame of the British Empire. Dame Spark died in her adopted home of Civitella della Chiana, in Tuscany, in 2006.
- All The Poems - Hardback
This collection of poetry by Muriel Spark presents the full range of one of Britain's most acclaimed writers. It includes villanelles, ballads and epigrams, as well as freer forms, all marked by her sharp observations and command of her medium.
- The Ballad Of Peckham Rye - Paperback
Dougal is seen as a man of vision, a man who would breathe life into the Peckham firm of Meadows, Meade and Grindley. But before long, the unsuspecting workforce begin to manifest the results of Dougal's human research - mayhem, mutiny and murder.
- The Comforters - Paperback
Caroline Rose has a very unusual problem. She knows that she is a character in a novel. She is plagued by the tapping of typewriter keys and a strange detached narration of her thoughts and actions.
- Curriculum Vitae: A Volume Of Autobiography - Paperback
Muriel Sparks's celebrated autobiography has been unavailable since her death in 2006. This new edition adds a preface by the poet and biographer Elaine Feinstein.
- The Driver's Seat - Paperback
Lise is driven to distraction by her office job so, leaving everything, she flies south on holiday. But what is she looking for? Infinity and eternity attend Lise's last terrible day in an unnamed southern city.
- A Far Cry From Kensington - Paperback
Mrs Hawkins, a comfortably large young widow, is often called upon to administer advice to colleagues and neighbours. But she follows her own advice, too, and turns from Mrs Hawkins into Nancy: quite a different proposition.
- The Finishing School - Paperback
Passionately determined to write his novel whilst running College Sunrise, a finishing school for both sexes and mixed nationalities, Rowland Mahler is assisted by his wife, Nina Parker. This term there is a new star pupil - Chris, 17, also determined to write his own masterpiece.
- The Girls Of Slender Means - Paperback
In a Kensington hostel towards the end of World War 2, a group of well-bred, but impecunious young women, are leading lives of ritual femininity. All is well until their interlude of innocence is destroyed by the horror of the times.
- Loitering With Intent - Paperback
Would-be novelist Fleur Talbot works for the snooty Sir Quentin Oliver at the Autobiographical Association, whose members are at work on their memoirs. When her employer gets his hands on Fleur's novel-in-progress, mayhem ensues when its scenes begin coming true.
- Memento Mori - Paperback
Muriel Spark's 'Memento Mori', first published in 1959, is among the finest novels by one of the most witty and inclusive British writers of recent times. It tells the acidly funny story of a group of elderly people who start to receive threatening phone calls telling them 'remember, you must die'.
- The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie - Paperback
Miss Brodie is a teacher who exerts a powerful influence over the group of 'special girls' at the Marcia Blaine Academy. Each is famous for something & are initiated into a world of adult games & extra-curricular activities they will never forget.
- Symposium - Paperback
Modelled on Plato's book, this book uses dialogue to reveal the mysteries of each guest at a north London dinner party. It reveals tales of the guests' pasts and futures.
- The Comforters - 1957
- Robinson - 1958
- The Go-Away Bird and Other Stories - 1958
- Memento Mori - 1959
- The Ballad of Peckham Rye - 1960
- The Bachelors - 1960
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - 1961
- The Girls of Slender Means - 1963
- The Mandelbaum Gate - 1965
- The Public Image - 1968
- The Driver’s Seat - 1970
- Not to Disturb - 1971
- The Hothouse by the East River - 1973
- The Abbess of Crewe - 1974
- The Takeover - 1976
- Territorial Rights - 1979
- Loitering with Intent - 1981
- Bang-Bang You’re Dead and Other Stories - 1982
- Going up to Sotheby’s - 1982
- The Only Problem - 1984
- The Stories of Muriel Spark - 1987
- A Far Cry from Kensington - 1988
- Symposium - 1990
- The Essence of the Brontes - 1993
- Curriculum Vitae - 1992
- Reality and Dreams - 1996
- Aiding and Abetting - 2000
- The Complete Short Stories - 2002
- The Finishing School - 2004
- All the Poems - 2004
- The Snobs - 2005
Books about Muriel Spark
- Muriel Spark for Starters - 2008
- The Edinburgh Companion To Muriel Spark - Paperback
This introduction traces the forms, history, impact, reception and themes of Muriel Spark's writing, from 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' to 'The Finishing School', covering her entire work including her poetry, prose and criticism.
- Muriel Spark For Starters - - Paperback
An insightful account of the world and work of Muriel Spark, this title offers lessons in life from 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' to 'Finishing School.'
- Muriel Spark's The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie - - Paperback
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