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Born in 1918 into a working-class Edinburgh family, Muriel Spark became the epitome of literary chic and one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Her autobiography, Curriculum Vitae, recorded her early years but blurred her darker moments: troubled relations with her family, a terrifying period of hallucinations, and disastrous love affairs.

and#160; At the age of nineteen, Spark left Scotland to get married in southern Rhodesia, only to divorce and escape back to Britain in 1944. Her son returned in 1945 and was brought up by Sparkandrsquo;s parents while she established herself as a poet and critic in London. After converting to Catholicism in 1954, she began writing novels that propelled her in the literary stratosphere. These came to include Memento Mori, The Girls of Slender Means, and A Far Cry from Kensington.

and#160; With The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), later adapted into a successful play and film, Spark became an international celebrity and began to live half her life in New York City. John Updike, Tennessee Williams, Evelyn Waugh, and Graham Greene applauded her work. She had an office at The New Yorker and became friends with Shirley Hazzard and W.H. Auden. Spark ultimately settled in Italy, where for more than thirty yearsandmdash;until her death in 2006andmdash;she shared a house with the artist Penelope Jardin.

and#160; Spark gave Martin Stannard full access to her papers. He interviewed her many times as well as her colleagues, friends, and family members. The result is an indelible portrait of one of the most significant and emotionally complicated writers of the twentieth century. Stannard presents Spark as a woman of strong feeling, sharp wit, and unabashed ambition, determined to devote her life to art. Muriel Spark promises to become the definitive biography of a literary icon.

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Born in 1918 into a working-class Edinburgh family, Muriel Spark became the epitome of literary chic and one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Her autobiography, Curriculum Vitae: A Volume of Autobiography, recorded her early years but politely blurred her darker moments: troubled relations with her family, a terrifying period of hallucinations, and disastrous affairs with the men she loved. Spark gave Martin Stannard full access to her papers. He interviewed her many times as well as speaking to her colleagues, friends, and family members.

About the Author

Martin Stannard is a professor of modern English literature at the University of Leicester and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is author of Evelyn Waugh: No Abiding City, chosen as andquot;Book of the Yearandquot; by Muriel Spark and by William Boyd as one of his andquot;Books of the Millennium.andquot;

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Acknowledgements

Preface: The Cake Be Damned

1 Night and Day: 1962andndash;1918

2 Home and Away: 1918andndash;1937

3 Out ofAf rica: 1937andndash;1945

4 Finding a Voice: 1945andndash;1949

5 Kensington: 1949andndash;1951

6 Sacramental: 1951andndash;1954

7 Conversion: 1954andndash;1957

8 Acquiring Lorgnettes: 1957andndash;1959

9 Exposure: 1959andndash;1960

10 Transfiguration: 1960andndash;1962

11 Time / Life: 1962andndash;1963

12 Amours de Voyage: 1963andndash;1965

13 Looking Round: 1965andndash;1968

14 In the Driverandrsquo;s Seat: 1968andndash;1970

15 Lucrezia Borgia in Trousers: 1971andndash;1974

16 The Realm ofMythology: 1974andndash;1979

17 Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye: 1979andndash;1982

18 A Speck in the Distance: 1982andndash;1988

19 Settling the Bill: 1988andndash;1992

20 Dark Music: 1992andndash;2006

Epilogue

Note on References

Endnotes

Select Bibliography Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810127913
Author:
Stannard, Martin
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
48
Pages:
670
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in

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Born in 1918 into a working-class Edinburgh family, Muriel Spark became the epitome of literary chic and one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Her autobiography, Curriculum Vitae: A Volume of Autobiography, recorded her early years but politely blurred her darker moments: troubled relations with her family, a terrifying period of hallucinations, and disastrous affairs with the men she loved. Spark gave Martin Stannard full access to her papers. He interviewed her many times as well as speaking to her colleagues, friends, and family members.
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