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Curriculum Vitae: A Volume of Autobiography

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

It is no surprise that one of Muriel Spark's most lively and entertaining works would be her own memoir, Curriculum Vitae. Born to a Scottish Jewish father and an English Presbyterian mother, Spark describes her childhood in 1930s Edinburgh in brief, dazzling anecdotes. In one she recalls a cherished schoolteacher, Christina Kay, who would later be used as the prototype for Miss Jean Brodie. Spark boldly details her disastrous first marriage to Sydney Oswald Spark (S.O.S.) — himself thirty-two, she just nineteen — whom she followed to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and left behind to return to England. In the midst of WWII, Spark took a bizarre position working in the disinformation campaign of the British Secret Service, eliciting information from German POWs to combat Nazi propaganda. She later moved to the Poetry Society of London, where she mingled with literati and other intellectuals, befriended by some (such as Graham Greene, an early supporter of her work) and sparring with others. We experience Spark's joy with the publication of her first novel, The Comforters, her trials with other writers' envy, and her emergence as the most brilliant femme fatale of 20th-century English literature.

Review:

"Spark's enchanting memoir flickers with the tart judgments, gimlet wit, bizarre episodes and odd twists of fate that distinguish her fiction." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"What a writer Spark is — odd, funny, aphoristic, wise, and technically brilliant." Nick Hornby, The Believer

Review:

"Tantalizing." New York Times

Synopsis:

Muriel Spark's bracingly salty memoir is a no-holds-barred trip through an extraordinary writer's life.

About the Author

Muriel Spark (1918-2006) is the author of dozens of novels including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, A Far Cry from Kensington, The Girls of Slender Means, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, The Driver's Seat, Not to Disturb, and many more. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780811219235
Author:
Spark, Muriel
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Series Volume:
A Volume of Autobiog
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 black-and-white photographs
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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Product details 224 pages New Directions Publishing Corporation - English 9780811219235 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Spark's enchanting memoir flickers with the tart judgments, gimlet wit, bizarre episodes and odd twists of fate that distinguish her fiction."
"Review" by , "What a writer Spark is — odd, funny, aphoristic, wise, and technically brilliant."
"Review" by , "Tantalizing."
"Synopsis" by , Muriel Spark's bracingly salty memoir is a no-holds-barred trip through an extraordinary writer's life.
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