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Muriel Spark (1918–2006)

Autor(a) de O apogeu de Miss 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 por Muriel Spark

O apogeu de Miss Jean Brodie (1961) 5,175 exemplares
Memento Mori (1959) 1,721 exemplares
The Girls of Slender Means (1963) 1,316 exemplares
Um grito de longe (1988) 1,252 exemplares
The Driver's Seat (1970) 979 exemplares
Loitering with Intent (1981) 835 exemplares
The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960) 733 exemplares
Aiding and Abetting (2000) 575 exemplares
The Finishing School (2004) 520 exemplares
The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) 511 exemplares
The Comforters (1957) 502 exemplares
Symposium (1990) 487 exemplares
The Abbess of Crewe (1974) 466 exemplares
The Bachelors (1960) 449 exemplares
The Public Image (1968) 311 exemplares
The Only Problem (1984) 285 exemplares
Not to Disturb (1971) 275 exemplares
Territorial Rights (1979) 266 exemplares
Robinson (1958) 241 exemplares
Reality and Dreams (1996) 241 exemplares
The Takeover (1976) 217 exemplares
Mary Shelley (1951) 217 exemplares
The Hothouse by the East River (1973) 201 exemplares
The Stories of Muriel Spark (1985) 124 exemplares
All the Stories of Muriel Spark (2001) 123 exemplares
The Complete Short Stories (2001) 115 exemplares
The Snobs (Pocket Penguins 70's) (2005) 86 exemplares
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 (1993) 68 exemplares
The Ghost Stories of Muriel Spark (2003) 64 exemplares
Muriel Spark Omnibus 2 (1994) 60 exemplares
The Informed Air: Essays (1656) 39 exemplares
All the Poems of Muriel Spark (2004) 37 exemplares
Voices at Play (1961) 36 exemplares
The Essence of the Brontës (1846) 28 exemplares
Emily Brontë: her life and work (1960) 26 exemplares
The Very Fine Clock (1968) 21 exemplares
Doctors of Philosophy: A Play (1963) 19 exemplares
The Golden Fleece (2014) 18 exemplares
MURIEL SPARK Collected Stories I. (1967) 14 exemplares
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 & 2 (1995) 13 exemplares
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
John Masefield (1992) 11 exemplares
Complete Poems (2004) 10 exemplares
Muriel Spark Omnibus 4 (1997) 9 exemplares
Novelists' Theatre: Penguin Plays (1963) — Playwright — 8 exemplares
The Brontë Letters (1966) — Editor — 8 exemplares
Collected Poems (1967) 7 exemplares
Spark's Satire (2016) 6 exemplares
Muriel Spark Omnibus 3 (1996) 6 exemplares
The Hanging Judge (1995) 5 exemplares
Spark's Europe (2016) 4 exemplares
The Seraph and the Zambesi (1960) 2 exemplares
Chimes (2014) 2 exemplares
Rose di Scozia (1997) 2 exemplares
Langur vegur frá Kensington (2011) 1 exemplar
Madam X (1996) 1 exemplar
The quest for lavishes ghast (1998) 1 exemplar
The Leaf-Sweeper 1 exemplar
 Spark Muriel 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Contribuidor — 428 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 164 exemplares
The Pan Book of Horror Stories (1959) — Contribuidor — 154 exemplares
Murder & Other Acts of Literature (1997) — Contribuidor — 147 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 122 exemplares
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Contribuidor — 121 exemplares
The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1972) — Contribuidor, algumas edições117 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (2007) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories (1995) — Contribuidor — 102 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
7th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1962) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Contribuidor — 73 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1983) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1986) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [1969 film] (1968) — Original book — 61 exemplares
Mystery for Christmas (1990) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Contribuidor — 49 exemplares
Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights (2021) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
Haunting Women (1988) — Contribuidor — 36 exemplares
Great Tours and Detours: The Sophisticated Traveler Series (1985) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1905) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Realizations: Newman's Own Selection of His Sermons (1964) — Prefácio — 27 exemplares
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Classic Detective Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
New Writing 13 (2005) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Women Writing: An Anthology (1979) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Cats: Fifteen Complete Stories and Poems (1998) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Personal Choice (1977) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Stories of Adolescence (1979) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Modern Choice 2 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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 | 64 outras críticas | 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 | 15 outras críticas | 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 | 167 outras críticas | 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 | 50 outras críticas | Dec 15, 2023 |


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