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Muriel Spark (1918–2006)

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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 mehr anzeigen 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) weniger anzeigen

Werke von Muriel Spark

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Die Tröster (1957) 495 Exemplare
Symposion (1990) 479 Exemplare
Die Äbtissin von Crewe (1974) 460 Exemplare
Junggesellen (1960) 444 Exemplare
In den Augen der Öffentlichkeit (1968) 306 Exemplare
The Only Problem (1984) 284 Exemplare
Bitte nicht stören. Roman (1971) 272 Exemplare
Curriculum Vitae (1992) 267 Exemplare
Hoheitsrechte (1979) 262 Exemplare
Träume und Wirklichkeit (1996) 237 Exemplare
Robinson : Roman (1958) 236 Exemplare
Übernahme (1976) 215 Exemplare
Mary Shelley: Eine Biographie (1951) 214 Exemplare
Das Treibhaus am East River (1973) 197 Exemplare
The Stories of Muriel Spark (1985) 123 Exemplare
All the Stories of Muriel Spark (2001) 120 Exemplare
The Complete Short Stories (2001) 112 Exemplare
Meistererzählungen (1958) 93 Exemplare
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 (1993) 66 Exemplare
Muriel Spark Omnibus 2 (1994) 60 Exemplare
The Informed Air: Essays (1656) 41 Exemplare
Voices at Play (1961) 36 Exemplare
All the Poems of Muriel Spark (2004) 35 Exemplare
The Very Fine Clock (1968) 20 Exemplare
Doctors of Philosophy: A Play (1963) 19 Exemplare
The Golden Fleece (2014) 18 Exemplare
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 & 2 (1995) 13 Exemplare
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Mitwirkender — 12 Exemplare
John Masefield (1992) 10 Exemplare
Complete Poems (2004) 10 Exemplare
Muriel Spark Omnibus 4 (1997) 9 Exemplare
Novelists' Theatre: Penguin Plays (1963) — Playwright, einige Ausgaben8 Exemplare
The Brontë Letters (1966) — Herausgeber — 8 Exemplare
Collected Poems (1967) 7 Exemplare
Spark's Satire (2016) 6 Exemplare
Muriel Spark Omnibus 3 (1996) 6 Exemplare
The Hanging Judge (1995) 5 Exemplare
Spark's Europe (2016) 4 Exemplare
The Seraph and the Zambesi (1960) 2 Exemplare
Chimes (2014) 2 Exemplare
Rose di Scozia (1997) 2 Exemplare
The quest for lavishes ghast (1998) 1 Exemplar
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Madam X (1996) 1 Exemplar
The Leaf-Sweeper 1 Exemplar

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The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (2007) — Mitwirkender — 103 Exemplare
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories (1995) — Mitwirkender — 100 Exemplare
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7th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1962) — Mitwirkender — 90 Exemplare
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The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Mitwirkender — 74 Exemplare
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The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Mitwirkender — 71 Exemplare
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Mitwirkender — 70 Exemplare
The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1983) — Mitwirkender — 70 Exemplare
The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1986) — Mitwirkender — 66 Exemplare
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Mitwirkender — 64 Exemplare
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Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Mitwirkender — 49 Exemplare
Mystery for Christmas (1990) — Mitwirkender — 49 Exemplare
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Mitwirkender — 49 Exemplare
Triumph der Nacht (1989) — Mitwirkender — 45 Exemplare
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Mitwirkender — 41 Exemplare
Haunting Women (1988) — Mitwirkender — 35 Exemplare
Great Tours and Detours: The Sophisticated Traveler Series (1985) — Mitwirkender — 34 Exemplare
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1905) — Mitwirkender — 33 Exemplare
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Mitwirkender — 32 Exemplare
Realizations: Newman's Own Selection of His Sermons (1964) — Vorwort — 27 Exemplare
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Mitwirkender — 22 Exemplare
Classic Detective Stories (1992) — Mitwirkender — 21 Exemplare
New Writing 13 (2005) — Mitwirkender — 18 Exemplare
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Mitwirkender — 13 Exemplare
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Wie der Club May of Teck selbst, "dreimal das Fenster seit 1940 zertrümmert, aber nie direkt getroffen", tun die jungen Londonerinnen nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg ihr Bestes, um so zu tun, als sei die Welt wieder normal: Sie üben sich in der Rhetorik, drängeln sich um Bewerberinnen und ein einziges Schiaparelli-Kleid. Von Anthony Burgess als einer der besten modernen Romane in der Sunday Times of London ausgewählt, ist The Girls of Slender Means ein straffer und unheimlich perfekter Roman eines Autors, den die New York Times als "eine der besten Schöpferinnen komisch-metaphysischer Unterhaltung dieses Jahrhunderts" bezeichnet hat.… (mehr)
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A dance of death, funny and macabre. And always remember: you must die.
Muriel Spark is one of my favourite English writers.
(VIII-11) ****
MeisterPfriem | 63 weitere Rezensionen | Sep 9, 2011 |
Es gab drei Überlebende bei der Flugzeugkatastrophe. Die Lissabon-Maschine war über Robinsons kleiner vulkanischer Insel abgestürzt, tausend Meilen fern von jeder Zivilisation. Robinson führte dort ein Einsiedlerleben. Während die drei Überlebenden gesundgepflegt werden, zeichnen sich nach und nach ihre verschiedenen Charaktere immer deutlicher ab, was zu verhängnisvollen Konflikten führt.6"Sie ist die Meisterin des Kammerspiels." (Frankfurter Rundschau)
"Muriel Spark läßt ihren Roman nur beinahe einen Kriminalroman sein. Wie sie ihre Lösung findet, das ist psychologisch einwandfrei und sauber erzählt." (Kölner Stadtanzeiger)
"Subtil und scharfsinnig zugleich erzählt - ein literarischer Leckerbissen." (Brigitte)
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Absurdes Theater, Sexualität , Dekadenz und Moral werden thematisiert.
Nicht wirklich mein Fall
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