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Muriel Spark (1918–2006)

Autor(a) de A primavera da Srta. Jean Brodie

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos

Obras de Muriel Spark

A primavera da Srta. Jean Brodie (1961) 5,174 cópias
Memento Mori (1959) 1,721 cópias
The Girls of Slender Means (1963) 1,316 cópias
A Far Cry from Kensington (1988) 1,252 cópias
The Driver's Seat (1970) 979 cópias
Loitering with Intent (1981) 835 cópias
The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960) 733 cópias
Aiding and Abetting (2000) 575 cópias
The Finishing School (2004) 520 cópias
The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) 511 cópias
The Comforters (1957) 502 cópias
Symposium (1990) 487 cópias
The Abbess of Crewe (1974) 466 cópias
The Bachelors (1960) 449 cópias
The Public Image (1968) 311 cópias
The Only Problem (1984) 285 cópias
Not to Disturb (1971) 275 cópias
Territorial Rights (1979) 266 cópias
Robinson (1958) 241 cópias
Reality and Dreams (1996) 241 cópias
The Takeover (1976) 217 cópias
Mary Shelley (1951) 217 cópias
The Hothouse by the East River (1973) 201 cópias
The Stories of Muriel Spark (1985) 124 cópias
The Complete Short Stories (2001) 115 cópias
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 (1993) 68 cópias
Muriel Spark Omnibus 2 (1994) 60 cópias
The Informed Air: Essays (1656) 39 cópias
Voices at Play (1961) 36 cópias
The Essence of the Brontës (1846) 28 cópias
The Very Fine Clock (1968) 21 cópias
The Golden Fleece (2014) 18 cópias
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 & 2 (1995) 13 cópias
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
John Masefield (1992) 11 cópias
Complete Poems (2004) 10 cópias
Muriel Spark Omnibus 4 (1997) 9 cópias
Novelists' Theatre: Penguin Plays (1963) — Playwright — 8 cópias
The Brontë Letters (1966) — Editor — 8 cópias
Collected Poems (1967) 7 cópias
Spark's Satire (2016) 6 cópias
Muriel Spark Omnibus 3 (1996) 6 cópias
The Hanging Judge (1995) 5 cópias
Spark's Europe (2016) 4 cópias
The Seraph and the Zambesi (1960) 2 cópias
Chimes (2014) 2 cópias
Rose di Scozia (1997) 2 cópias
Winter's Tales: New Series Three (1987) 1 exemplar(es)
Madam X (1996) 1 exemplar(es)
The quest for lavishes ghast (1998) 1 exemplar(es)
The Leaf-Sweeper 1 exemplar(es)
 Spark Muriel 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Contribuinte — 427 cópias
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Contribuinte — 164 cópias
The Pan Book of Horror Stories (1959) — Contribuinte — 154 cópias
Murder & Other Acts of Literature (1997) — Contribuinte — 147 cópias
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984) — Contribuinte — 140 cópias
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Contribuinte — 122 cópias
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Contribuinte — 121 cópias
The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1972) — Contribuinte, algumas edições117 cópias
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuinte — 117 cópias
The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (2007) — Contribuinte — 107 cópias
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories (1995) — Contribuinte — 102 cópias
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Contribuinte — 99 cópias
7th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1962) — Contribuinte — 90 cópias
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contribuinte — 84 cópias
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuinte — 75 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Contribuinte — 73 cópias
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 70 cópias
The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1983) — Contribuinte — 70 cópias
The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1986) — Contribuinte — 66 cópias
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Contribuinte — 64 cópias
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [1969 film] (1968) — Original book — 61 cópias
Mystery for Christmas (1990) — Contribuinte — 50 cópias
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Contribuinte — 49 cópias
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Contribuinte — 41 cópias
Haunting Women (1988) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
Great Tours and Detours: The Sophisticated Traveler Series (1985) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1905) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
Realizations: Newman's Own Selection of His Sermons (1964) — Prefácio — 27 cópias
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
Classic Detective Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
New Writing 13 (2005) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Women Writing: An Anthology (1979) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias
Cats: Fifteen Complete Stories and Poems (1998) — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
Personal Choice (1977) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Stories of Adolescence (1979) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Modern Choice 2 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum



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


Reason read: Reading 1001, botm. I like the previous books I've read by Ms Spark and expected to like this one. I also like the subject matter. Old people exploring death. A group of people start receiving anonymous phone calls and tell them to "know that they will die". Which is a true statement but can also be quite sinister. This is not a mystery and we never know who is making the calls. One of the characters surmises that it is "Death" that is calling. I liked it but felt like it could use a rereading.… (mais)
Kristelh | outras 64 resenhas | Feb 7, 2024 |
A perfect amalgamation of the corruption and absurdity of power. I had never thought about the political nature of religious hierarchies until I watched The Young Pope. Here, Spark weaves Watergate into the fabric of this story, a passing knowledge of which I think is necessary and heightens the story itself. This was a rich mine of literary, religious, political allusions. I can only hope that someone has categorised and explained all the ones that I have surely missed. Even without a full dissection, as with all her books that I've enjoyed without full understanding, this was another topnotch Spark for my shelf.… (mais)
kitzyl | outras 15 resenhas | Jan 25, 2024 |
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a well-known tale about a memorable boarding school instructress and her six young favorites, the "Brodie set." Miss Brodie, as she is almost always called, is devoted to her girls (her "crème de la crème"), but, as they must, they all grow up and leave her to embrace their own disparate fates.

Author Muriel Spark's technique of flashing forward in time could have made this an especially intriguing short novel. However, as other readers have commented, I found this work more tedious than expected. The writing is clever, but the events and characterizations are perplexing. Perhaps this novel should be read as a fable concerning Scottish Calvinism’s fixations on election and predestination.

I have long wanted to read this short novel, and, on balance, I am glad that I did. I'm not sure that I could recommend it to others, however.
… (mais)
akblanchard | outras 167 resenhas | Jan 5, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book. It was a bit different from all the other stories I've read by Muriel Spark, darker and more morbid than what I am used to from her. In this story a woman takes a vacation from work and makes all sorts of bizarre preparations as she is leaving, pissing off people along the way and acting so odd that no one can quite figure her out. She's on a mission, and has her victim in her sights, even though she does not seem to know what he even looks like. The ending is rather clever, I thought, and the story reminded me a bit of the sorts of twists Stephen King writes.… (mais)
JBarringer | outras 50 resenhas | Dec 15, 2023 |


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