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Spark, Muriel

Works: 1,020 works in 5,019 publications in 21 languages and 92,554 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Didactic fiction  Psychological fiction  Satire  Biographies  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humorous fiction  Bildungsromans  Novels 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, Honoree, Bibliographic antecedent, Dedicatee, Compiler, Author of dialog, Interviewee, Librettist
Classifications: PR6037.P29, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Muriel Spark
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Most widely held works by Muriel Spark
The prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark( Book )

318 editions published between 1956 and 2020 in 8 languages and held by 5,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A teacher at a girl's school in Edinburgh during the 1930s comes into conflict with school authorities because of her unorthodox teaching methods
Mary Shelley by Muriel Spark( Book )

89 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 3,082 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life of Mary Shelley, describes her relationship with her poet husband, and discusses her own literary achievements
A far cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark( Book )

109 editions published between 1900 and 2019 in 6 languages and held by 2,808 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mrs. Hawkins, a buxom young war widow, spends her days working for a mad, near-bankrupt publisher ("of very good books") and her nights dispensing advice at her small South Kensington rooming-house. At work and at home Mrs. Hawkins soon uncovers evil-- shady literary doings and a deadly enemy, anonymous letters, blackmail, and suicide. Mrs. Hawkins confidently sets about putting things to order, little imagining the mayhem which would ensue. Now decades older, thin, successful, and delighted with life in Italy -- a far cry from Kensington -- Mrs. Hawkins looks back and recounts how her own life changed forever
Memento mori by Muriel Spark( Book )

256 editions published between 1900 and 2020 in 14 languages and held by 2,731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each of a group of elderly friends receives a phone call with the message, "Remember you must die." This brings many old secrets to light, including blackmail and adultery
The girls of slender means by Muriel Spark( Book )

129 editions published between 1963 and 2020 in 5 languages and held by 2,337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The zany lives and morals of the girls of the "May of Teck Club", a haven for young ladies, in 1945, when "all the nice people of England were poor, allowing for exceptions."
The Mandelbaum gate by Muriel Spark( Book )

133 editions published between 1965 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a young English woman, a half-Jewish Catholic convert, insists upon crossing over from Israel into Jordan, she sets off a series of bizarre situations
Loitering with intent by Muriel Spark( Book )

83 editions published between 1981 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 2,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A balance between fact and fantasy is humorously portrayed in the person of an aspiring author, Miss Talbot, who goes to work as a secretary to the Autobiographical Association in 1949 London
Aiding & abetting by Muriel Spark( Book )

50 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a real London murder case, this novel follows Lord Lucan, a dissolute member of the British aristocracy, into the abyss as he is accused of killing his children's nanny while trying to murder his wife
The finishing school by Muriel Spark( Book )

52 editions published between 2004 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The arrival of Chris Wiley, a seventeen-year-old literary prodigy, at the College Sunrise finishing school sparks a dangerous game of envy, sexual jealousy, and adultery for Rowland Mahler, a would-be novelist, and his wife, Nina
The driver's seat by Muriel Spark( Book )

72 editions published between 1970 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 1,861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spark's 1970 novel of a woman gone mad was dubbed "so stark as to be nightmarish" by The New Yorker. The story details the last day of protagonist Lise, who, while on holiday in Europe, is about to be murdered
Symposium by Muriel Spark( Book )

65 editions published between 1977 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 1,821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cloaked in sophistication, the well-bred guests at a London dinner paty are seething with subtle violence while awaiting the arrival of a guest who is being murdered as they eat
The ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark( Book )

147 editions published between 1955 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The malign influence upon an English manufacturing town of a persuasive Scot, who is once ghost writer, industrial psychologist, and demon
The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark( Book )

71 editions published between 1974 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Abbess has been newly elected crushing her one rival, the bleeding heart Felicity. The abbey Crewe finds itself deeply troubled with police and their dogs and the scandal-scenting media, and it all began with a stolen thimble
The public image by Muriel Spark( Book )

79 editions published between 1968 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annabel Christopher, a talented actress jealous of her image, is on indifferent terms with her disturbed husband, Frederick. When Frederick apparently commits suicide, his death releases leters accusing Annabel of complicity in an orgy and other immoralities, of which she knows nothing
Territorial rights by Muriel Spark( Book )

69 editions published between 1979 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wryly, perceptively funny novel which nevertheless has its sudden darkly suggestive turns. By turns it is a story of pursuit, marital problems, tourist-watching, young love, old love (and an astonishing mixture of the two), and social-political intrigue veiled in recent history, yet involving a bloody murder and a hidden body. Territorial Rights might therefore be labeled a suspense novel, but it is not; it is too cheeky and cheerful for that. Rather, it is a novel about jaded, eccentric people who themselves believe in the possibility of a novel of suspense. Spark's characters play their quirky roles within a book which is, itself, laughing at them. Reading the novel, one senses Spark's muted laughter and bemused affection behind one's own startled and delighted gasps of recognition at the human foibles she so unerringly makes natural and almost cinematically graphic
The only problem by Muriel Spark( Book )

53 editions published between 1900 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harvey Gotham refuses to believe it when the French police tell him that his estranged wife is a dangerous terrorist. As far as the police are concerned, that only serves to throw suspicion on Gotham himself
The stories of Muriel Spark by Muriel Spark( Book )

62 editions published between 1965 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the cruel irony of 'A member of the Family' to the fateful echoes of 'The Go-Away Bird' and the unexpectedly sinister 'The Girl I Left Behind Me', in settings that range from South Africa to the Portobello Road, Muriel Spark coolly probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent
The bachelors by Muriel Spark( Book )

118 editions published between 1960 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 1,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A barrister, a "priest", a detective, a lovelorn Irishman, a handwriting expert, a heinous spiritual medium (all bachelors) are first found contentedly chatting in their London clubs and shopping at Fortnum's, the cozy bachelors are not set to stay cozy for long. Soon enough, the men are variously tormented-- defrauded or stolen from; blackmailed or pressed to attend horrid seances-- and then plunged, all together, into the nastiest of lawsuits
The takeover by Muriel Spark( Book )

52 editions published between 1976 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The time is now, the place is Italy, particularly the enchanted lake at Nemi, southeast of Rome, where the Temple of Diana once stood. The people form an extraordinary frieze of votaries of love and money, with the goddess-like American heiress Maggie at the center, justly famed for her beauty, her wealth, and the steeliness of her will --
Reality and dreams by Muriel Spark( Book )

40 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A British film director falls off a crane during the shooting of a film and while he is in hospital, others muscle in on his work and on his girlfriends. With the help of his understanding wife, who also has her lovers, he recovers and regains control of the film
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A far cry from Kensington
Mary ShelleyA far cry from KensingtonMemento moriThe girls of slender meansThe Mandelbaum gateLoitering with intentAiding & abettingThe finishing school
Alternative Names
Camberg M. S. 1918-2006

Camberg Muriel Sarah

Camberg, Muriel Sarah 1918-2006

Cavallo, Evelyn

Muriel Spark britische Schriftstellerin

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Muriel Spark novelista británica

Muriel Spark noveliste britannique, écrivaine de petites histoires, poete, essayiste

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Muriel Sparková skotská spisovatelka

Muriyel Spark

Spark M. 1918-2006

Spark M. S. 1918-2006

Spark, Mi︠u︡riėl

Spark Miurielė

Spark, Mjuriėl 1918-2006

Spark, Muriel

Spark, Muriel 1918-

Spark Muriel Sarah

Spark, Muriel Sarah 1918-2006

Spārka, M. (Mjuriela), 1918-2006

Spārka, Mjuriela, 1918-2006

Stanford, Muriel Sarah Spark

Stanford, Muriel Sarah Spark 1918-2006

Μύριελ Σπαρκ Σκωτσέζα συγγραφέας, ποιήτρια και δοκιμιογράφος

Кэмберг М. С. 1918-2006

Мюриъл Спарк

Мюріел Спарк

Спарк М.

Спарк М. 1918-2006

Спарк М. С. 1918-2006

Спарк Мюриэл

Спарк, Мюриэл, 1918-2006

Մյուրիել Սփարք

מיוריאל ספארק סופרת בריטית

ספארק, מיוריאל, 1918-2006

ספרק, מיוריאל

موريل سبارك

موريل سبارك، 1918-2006

موريل سبارك كاتبة اسكتلندية

موریل اسپارک نویسنده و شاعر بریتانیایی

मुरियल स्पार्क

ਮੂਰੀਅਲ ਸਪਾਰਕ

스파크, 뮤리얼 1918-2006

스파크, 뮤리엘 1918-2006

スパーク, ミューリエル