Muriel Spark


Born
in Edinburgh, Scotland
February 01, 1918

Died
April 13, 2006

Genre

Influences


Dame Muriel Spark, DBE was a prolific Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet whose darkly comedic voice made her one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century. In 2008 The Times newspaper named Spark in its list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Spark received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1965 for The Mandelbaum Gate, the Ingersoll Foundation TS Eliot Award in 1992 and the David Cohen Prize in 1997. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993, in recognition of her services to literature. She has been twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, in 1969 for The Public Image and in 1981 for Loitering with Intent. In 1998, she was awarded the Golden PEN Award by English PEN
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The Girls of Slender Means

3.64 avg rating — 4,160 ratings — published 1963 — 44 editions
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A Far Cry from Kensington

3.85 avg rating — 3,614 ratings — published 1988 — 37 editions
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Memento Mori

3.66 avg rating — 3,669 ratings — published 1958 — 58 editions
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Loitering with Intent

3.78 avg rating — 2,399 ratings — published 1981 — 37 editions
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brod...

3.78 avg rating — 1,544 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
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The Ballad of Peckham Rye

3.50 avg rating — 1,418 ratings — published 1960 — 42 editions
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Aiding and Abetting

3.23 avg rating — 1,165 ratings — published 2000 — 34 editions
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The Finishing School

3.03 avg rating — 1,156 ratings — published 2004 — 25 editions
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More books by Muriel Spark…
“She wasn't a person to whom things happen. She did all the happenings.”
Muriel Spark, Aiding and Abetting

“To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil's soul.”
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

“Allow me, in conclusion, to congratulate you warmly upon your sexual intercourse, as well as your singing.”
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Polls

December 2015 New School Classics Group Read

 
  25 votes, 18.2%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 481 pages
 
  18 votes, 13.1%

 
  16 votes, 11.7%

 
  14 votes, 10.2%

 
  12 votes, 8.8%

 
  8 votes, 5.8%

1987, Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.4%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.4%

1963, The Collector by John Fowles, 283 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.4%

1974, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, 144 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.4%

 
  5 votes, 3.6%

1935, BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara, 256 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.9%

1995, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, 216 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.9%

 
  3 votes, 2.2%

 
  2 votes, 1.5%

1937, Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato, 256 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

1974, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, 267 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

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