Synopses & Reviews
This new and complete paperback edition now contains every one of her forty-one marvelous stories, catnip for all Spark fans. spans Dame Muriel Spark's entire career to date and displays all her signature stealth, originality, beauty, elegance, wit, and shock value.No writer commands so exhilarating a style--playful and rigorous, cheerful and venomous, hilariously acute and coolly supernatural. Ranging from South Africa to the West End, her dazzling stories feature hanging judges, fortune-tellers, shy girls, psychiatrists, dress designers, pensive ghosts, imaginary chauffeurs, and persistent guests. Regarding one story ("The Portobello Road"), Stephen Schiff said in : "Muriel Spark has written some of the best sentences in English. For instance: 'He looked as if he would murder me, and he did.' It's a nasty piece of work, that sentence."
"One of my special personal favorites is Muriel Spark .... Introduce her to a generation of new readers. Recommended." Patricia A. Kossmann
"Dullness is as as foreign to her as inelegance." America - "Take Them Home for Christmas"
"Spark's marvelous control of ambiguities and language continues to dazzle." Patricia Craig The New Statesman
Four brand new tales are now added to New Directions' original 1997 cloth edition of .
ThatSpark is one of the most important voices in 20th-century Britishliterature has, quite correctly, become an accepted truth.To read Spark is to encounter delight after delight.[Spark's writing is] likely to go on being read as long as fiction in English is read at all.
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.