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Muriel Spark (1918–2006)

Forfatter af The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre

Værker af Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) 5,258 eksemplarer
Memento Mori (1959) 1,737 eksemplarer
The Girls of Slender Means (1963) 1,324 eksemplarer
Et godt stykke fra Kensington (1988) 1,285 eksemplarer
Førersædet (1970) 1,002 eksemplarer
Loitering with Intent (1981) 847 eksemplarer
Balladen om djævelens sendebud (1960) 740 eksemplarer
Aiding and Abetting (2000) 586 eksemplarer
The Finishing School (2004) 526 eksemplarer
The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) 520 eksemplarer
The Comforters (1957) 509 eksemplarer
Symposium (1990) 502 eksemplarer
The Abbess of Crewe (1974) 475 eksemplarer
Ungkarlene (1960) 457 eksemplarer
The Public Image (1968) 317 eksemplarer
The Only Problem (1984) 291 eksemplarer
Not to Disturb (1971) 281 eksemplarer
Territorial Rights (1979) 268 eksemplarer
Robinson (1958) 247 eksemplarer
Reality and Dreams (1996) 246 eksemplarer
The Takeover (1976) 218 eksemplarer
Mary Shelley (1951) 218 eksemplarer
The Hothouse by the East River (1973) 207 eksemplarer
The Stories of Muriel Spark (1985) 129 eksemplarer
All the Stories of Muriel Spark (2001) 124 eksemplarer
The Complete Short Stories (2001) 116 eksemplarer
The Go-Away Bird and Other Stories (1958) 96 eksemplarer
The Snobs (Pocket Penguins 70's) (2005) 88 eksemplarer
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 (1993) 69 eksemplarer
The Ghost Stories of Muriel Spark (2003) 64 eksemplarer
Muriel Spark Omnibus 2 (1994) 61 eksemplarer
The Informed Air: Essays (2014) 40 eksemplarer
Voices at Play (1961) 38 eksemplarer
All the Poems of Muriel Spark (2004) 36 eksemplarer
The Essence of the Brontës (1846) 29 eksemplarer
Emily Brontë: her life and work (1960) 26 eksemplarer
Selected Stories (Pocket Classics) (2001) 25 eksemplarer
The Very Fine Clock (1968) 22 eksemplarer
Doctors of Philosophy: A Play (1963) 19 eksemplarer
The Golden Fleece (2014) 18 eksemplarer
MURIEL SPARK Collected Stories I. (1967) 15 eksemplarer
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 & 2 (1995) 13 eksemplarer
John Masefield (1992) 11 eksemplarer
Penguin Plays: Novelists' Theatre (1963) — Playwright — 10 eksemplarer
Complete Poems (2004) 10 eksemplarer
Muriel Spark Omnibus 4 (1997) 9 eksemplarer
The Brontë Letters (1966) — Redaktør — 8 eksemplarer
Collected Poems (1967) 7 eksemplarer
Spark's Satire (2016) 6 eksemplarer
Muriel Spark Omnibus 3 (1996) 6 eksemplarer
The Hanging Judge (1995) 5 eksemplarer
Spark's Europe (2016) 5 eksemplarer
The Seraph and the Zambesi (1960) 2 eksemplarer
Chimes (2014) 2 eksemplarer
Rose di Scozia (1997) 2 eksemplarer
The quest for lavishes ghast (1998) 1 eksemplar
 Spark Muriel 1 eksemplar
Madam X (1996) 1 eksemplar
The Leaf-Sweeper 1 eksemplar

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The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Bidragyder — 433 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Bidragyder — 166 eksemplarer
The Pan Book of Horror Stories (1959) — Bidragyder — 158 eksemplarer
Murder & Other Acts of Literature (1997) — Bidragyder — 149 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984) — Bidragyder — 143 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Bidragyder — 122 eksemplarer
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Bidragyder — 122 eksemplarer
The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1972) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver119 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Bidragyder — 119 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (2007) — Bidragyder — 109 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories (1995) — Bidragyder — 102 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Bidragyder — 100 eksemplarer
7th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1962) — Bidragyder — 94 eksemplarer
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Bidragyder — 84 eksemplarer
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Bidragyder — 76 eksemplarer
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Bidragyder — 73 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1983) — Bidragyder — 70 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1986) — Bidragyder — 69 eksemplarer
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Bidragyder — 65 eksemplarer
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [1969 film] (1968) — Original book — 61 eksemplarer
Ghosts of Christmas Past (2017) — Bidragyder — 60 eksemplarer
Mystery for Christmas (1990) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 50 eksemplarer
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Bidragyder — 45 eksemplarer
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Bidragyder — 41 eksemplarer
Realizations: Newman's Own Selection of His Sermons (1964) — Forord — 38 eksemplarer
Haunting Women (1988) — Bidragyder — 37 eksemplarer
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1905) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Bidragyder — 34 eksemplarer
Great Tours and Detours: The Sophisticated Traveler Series (1985) — Bidragyder — 34 eksemplarer
Classic Detective Stories (1992) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
New Writing 13 (2005) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Women Writing: An Anthology (1979) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Cats: Fifteen Complete Stories and Poems (1998) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
Personal Choice (1977) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Stories of Adolescence (1979) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
Modern Choice 2 — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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John Lanchester Introduction
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Lucy Ellmann Introduction
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