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Muriel Spark (1918–2006)

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Muriel Spark has been called "our most chillingly comic writer since Evelyn Waugh" by the London Spectator, and the New Yorker praised her novel Memento Mori ri (1959) as "flawless." Her fiction is marked by its remarkable diversity, wit, and craftsmanship. "She happens to be, by some rare mostra'n més concatenation of grace and talent, an artist, a serious---and most accomplished---writer, a moralist engaged with the human predicament, wildly entertaining, and a joy to read" (SRSR). She became widely known in the United States when the New Yorker devoted almost an entire issue to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961). Set in Edinburgh in the 1930s, this is the story of a schoolteacher, her unorthodox approach to life, and its effect on her select group of adolescent girls. Though their idol turns out to have feet of clay, she leaves an indelible mark on their lives. The Girls of Slender Means (1963), also warmly praised, is a sardonic look at the vivacity of youth and the anxieties of young womanhood. Reviewing The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) for the New Republic, Honor Tracy wrote: "There is an abundance here of invention, humor, poetry, wit, perception, that all but takes the breath away. . . . The story, in fact, is pure adventure, with the suspense as artfully maintained as anywhere by Graham Greene, but this is only one ingredient. There are memorable descriptions of the Holy Land, fascinating insights into the jumble of intrigue and piety surrounding the Holy Places, and penetrating studies of Arabs. . . . In each of [Spark's] novels heretofore one of her qualities has tended to predominate over the others. Here for the first time they are all impressively marshaled side by side, resulting in her best work so far." The daughter of an Englishwoman and a Scottish-Jewish father, Spark was born and educated in Edinburgh. After her marriage in 1938, she lived for some years in Central Africa, a period rarely reflected in her work. During World War II, she returned to Britain, where she worked in the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office after the breakup of her marriage. She has been a magazine editor and written poetry and literary criticism. Spark has lived in London's Camberwell section, the setting of The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960), but now makes her home in New York. Her novels reflect her conversion to Roman Catholicism. (Bowker Author Biography) Writer Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh on February 1, 1918. In 1934-1935 she took a course in commercial correspondence and précis writing at Heriot-Watt College. After her marriage in 1937, she lived for some years in Central Africa. During World War II, she returned to Britain, where she worked in the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office after the breakup of her marriage. After the war, she began her literary career. She became General Secretary of the Poetry Society, worked as an editor and wrote studies of Mary Shelley, John Masefield and the Brontë sisters. Her first book of poetry, The Fanfarlo and Other Verse, was published in 1952 and her first novel, The Comforters, was published in 1957. She wrote over twenty books including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Finishing School. She won numerous awards and honors including the 1965 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Mandelbaum Gate, the 1992 U. S. Ingersoll Foundation T. S. Eliot Award, the 1997 David Cohen British Literature Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and in 1993 she became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her services to literature. The Scottish Arts Council created the Muriel Spark International Fellowship in 2004. She died on April 13, 2006. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

Obres de Muriel Spark

Memento Mori (1959) 1,708 exemplars
The Girls of Slender Means (1963) 1,295 exemplars
A Far Cry from Kensington (1988) 1,236 exemplars
The Driver's Seat (1970) 956 exemplars
Loitering with Intent (1981) 822 exemplars
The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960) 724 exemplars
Aiding and Abetting (2000) 572 exemplars
The Finishing School (2004) 515 exemplars
The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) 501 exemplars
The Comforters (1957) 494 exemplars
Symposium (1990) 478 exemplars
The Abbess of Crewe (1974) 460 exemplars
Els Solters (1960) 444 exemplars
The Public Image (1968) 306 exemplars
The Only Problem (1984) 284 exemplars
Not to Disturb (1971) 272 exemplars
Territorial Rights (1979) 262 exemplars
Reality and Dreams (1996) 237 exemplars
Robinson (1958) 236 exemplars
The Takeover (1976) 216 exemplars
Mary Shelley (1951) 214 exemplars
The Hothouse by the East River (1973) 197 exemplars
The Stories of Muriel Spark (1985) 123 exemplars
All the Stories of Muriel Spark (2001) 120 exemplars
The Complete Short Stories (2001) 113 exemplars
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 (1993) 66 exemplars
Muriel Spark Omnibus 2 (1994) 60 exemplars
The Informed Air: Essays (1656) 39 exemplars
Voices at Play (1961) 36 exemplars
All the Poems of Muriel Spark (2004) 35 exemplars
The Essence of the Brontës (1846) 27 exemplars
The Very Fine Clock (1968) 20 exemplars
Doctors of Philosophy: A Play (1963) 19 exemplars
The Golden Fleece (2014) 18 exemplars
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 & 2 (1995) 13 exemplars
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Col·laborador — 12 exemplars
John Masefield (1992) 10 exemplars
Complete Poems (2004) 10 exemplars
Muriel Spark Omnibus 4 (1997) 9 exemplars
Novelists' Theatre: Penguin Plays (1963) — Playwright, algunes edicions8 exemplars
The Brontë Letters (1966) — Editor — 8 exemplars
Collected Poems (1967) 7 exemplars
Spark's Satire (2016) 6 exemplars
Muriel Spark Omnibus 3 (1996) 6 exemplars
The Hanging Judge (1995) 5 exemplars
Spark's Europe (2016) 4 exemplars
The Seraph and the Zambesi (1960) 2 exemplars
Chimes (2014) 2 exemplars
Rose di Scozia (1997) 2 exemplars
The quest for lavishes ghast (1998) 1 exemplars
 Spark Muriel 1 exemplars
Madam X (1996) 1 exemplars
The Leaf-Sweeper 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Col·laborador — 423 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Col·laborador — 164 exemplars
The Pan Book of Horror Stories (1959) — Col·laborador — 152 exemplars
Murder & Other Acts of Literature (1997) — Col·laborador — 144 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984) — Col·laborador — 138 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Col·laborador — 122 exemplars
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Col·laborador — 118 exemplars
The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1972) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions116 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Col·laborador — 115 exemplars
The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (2007) — Col·laborador — 103 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories (1995) — Col·laborador — 100 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Col·laborador — 99 exemplars
7th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1962) — Col·laborador — 90 exemplars
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Col·laborador — 81 exemplars
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Col·laborador — 74 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Col·laborador — 73 exemplars
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Col·laborador — 70 exemplars
The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1983) — Col·laborador — 70 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1986) — Col·laborador — 66 exemplars
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Col·laborador — 64 exemplars
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [1969 film] (1968) — Original book — 61 exemplars
The Smiles of Rome: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers (2005) — Col·laborador — 57 exemplars
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
Mystery for Christmas (1990) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Col·laborador — 49 exemplars
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Col·laborador — 45 exemplars
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Col·laborador — 41 exemplars
Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights (2021) — Col·laborador — 36 exemplars
Haunting Women (1988) — Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
Great Tours and Detours: The Sophisticated Traveler Series (1985) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1905) — Col·laborador — 33 exemplars
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Col·laborador — 32 exemplars
Realizations: Newman's Own Selection of His Sermons (1964) — Pròleg — 27 exemplars
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Col·laborador — 22 exemplars
Classic Detective Stories (1992) — Col·laborador — 21 exemplars
New Writing 13 (2005) — Col·laborador — 18 exemplars
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Col·laborador — 13 exemplars
Women Writing: An Anthology (1979) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars
Cats: Fifteen Complete Stories and Poems (1998) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
Personal Choice (1977) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Stories of Adolescence (1979) — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars
Modern Choice 2 — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


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Group Read, October 2021: Memento Mori a 1001 Books to read before you die (octubre 2021)
BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE NOVEMBER - SPARK & BOYD a 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (desembre 2015)
Muriel Spark Reading Week (23-29 April) a Virago Modern Classics (maig 2012)


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