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Spark, Muriel

Works: 678 works in 3,904 publications in 20 languages and 88,202 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Satire  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Drama  Didactic fiction  Domestic fiction  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Honoree, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Dedicatee, Creator, Contributor, Compiler, Interviewee, Librettist
Classifications: PR6037.P29, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Muriel Spark
The prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark( Book )

290 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 4,947 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
A far cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark( Book )

81 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,961 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 )

218 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 2,631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each of a group of elderly friends receivea 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 )

132 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,409 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."
Loitering with intent by Muriel Spark( Book )

70 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,173 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 in 1949
The finishing school by Muriel Spark( Book )

41 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 1,984 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 Mandelbaum gate by Muriel Spark( Book )

100 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,983 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
Symposium by Muriel Spark( Book )

61 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in 8 languages and held by 1,950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One October evening five posh London couples gather for a dinner party, enjoying "the pheasant (flambe in cognac as it is)" and waiting for the imminent arrival of the late-coming guest Hilda Damien, who has been unavoidably detained due to the fact that she is being murdered at this very moment ... Symposium was applauded by Time magazine for the "sinister elegance" of Muriel Spark's "medium of light but lethal comedy." Mixed in are a Monet, a mad uncle, some unconventional nuns, and a burglary ring run by a rent-a-butler. Symposium stars a perfectly evil young woman (a classic sweet-faced hair-raising Sparkian horror) who has married rich Hilda's son by hook or by crook, hooking him at the fruit counter of Harrod's. There is also spiritual conversation--and the Bordeaux is superb. "The prevailing mood is urbane: the wine is poured, the talk continues, and all the time the ice on which the protagonists' world rests is being thinned from beneath, by boiling emotions and ugly motives ... No living writer handles the tension between formality of expression and subversiveness of thought more elegantly" (The Independent on Sunday)."--Publisher's website
The driver's seat by Muriel Spark( Book )

64 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,866 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
The ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark( Book )

137 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,787 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 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,734 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 stories of Muriel Spark by Muriel Spark( Book )

53 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The public image by Muriel Spark( Book )

65 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spark chooses Rome, "the motherland of sensation," for the setting of her story about movie star Annabel Christopher (known to her adoring fans as "The English Lady-Tiger"), who has made the fatal mistake of believing in her public image. This error and her embittered husband, and unsuccessful actor, catch up with her. Her final act is only the first shocking climax---further surprises await. Neatly savaging our celebrity culture, Spark rejoices in one of her favorite subjects---the clash between sham and genuine identity---and provides Annabel with an unexpected triumph
Territorial rights by Muriel Spark( Book )

47 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert wants nothing more than to become a serious art historian. But his hopes for a staid academic life are put on hold when he's driven from London to Venice to escape one lover and seek out another: the enigmatic Bulgarian refugee Lina Pancev. In Venice, Robert encounters a grand carnival of lust, lies, blackmail, cocktail parties, and regicide. As he chases Lina, his heart's desire, the city itself provides a priceless education in love, art, and beauty
The only problem by Muriel Spark( Book )

42 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een rijke jongeman die zich aan een studie over het boek Job wijdt waarin hij parallellen met zijn eigen leven ziet, wordt nauw betrokken bij politieverhoren naar aanleiding van terroristische activiteiten van zijn ex-vrouw
The bachelors by Muriel Spark( Book )

107 editions published between 1960 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,534 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
Reality and dreams by Muriel Spark( Book )

24 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and Portuguese and held by 1,497 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
The takeover by Muriel Spark( Book )

49 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in English and German and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heiress Maggie Radcliffe owns three glamorous villas overlooking Lake Nemi-and one houseguest will stop at nothing to take it all When American heiress Maggie Radcliffe relocates to the enchanting Lake Nemi, just south of Rome, she does so wishing to live in tune with ancient pagan rhythms of art and nature. Constantly surrounded by a cast of quirky characters, Radcliffe finds her latest guest in the form of old friend-and unrepentant grafter-Hubert Mallindaine. Mallindaine claims to be a direct descendent of the goddess Diana, whose spirit is said to rest at Nemi. As soon as he arrives, Radcl
The prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark( Visual )

26 editions published between 1968 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poignant, funny story of an eccentric teacher in an all-girls school in Edinburgh during the 1930's
Curriculum vitae : autobiography by Muriel Spark( Book )

25 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Autobiografie van de Engelse schrijfster (1918- )
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A far cry from Kensington
Alternative Names
Camberg M. S. 1918-2006

Camberg, Muriel Sarah

Camberg, Muriel Sarah 1918-2006

Muriel Spark britische Schriftstellerin

Muriel Spark britisk poet og skribent

Muriel Spark Brits schrijfster

Muriel Spark brittisk poet och författare

Muriel Spark écrivaine britannique

Muriel Spark scrittrice scozzese

Muriyel Spark

Spark, M. 1918-

Spark M. 1918-2006

Spark M. S. 1918-2006

Spark, Mi︠u︡riėl

Spark, Mjuriėl 1918-2006

Spark, Muriel

Spark, Muriel 1918-

Spark, Muriel, 1918-2006

Spark, Muriel Sarah

Spark, Muriel Sarah 1918-2006

Spārka, Mjuriela, 1918-2006

Stanford, Muriel Sarah Spark

Stanford, Muriel Sarah Spark 1918-2006

Кэмберг М. С. 1918-2006

Мюриъл Спарк

Мюріел Спарк

Спарк М. 1918-2006

Спарк М. С. 1918-2006

Спарк, Мюриэл

Спарк, Мюриэл, 1918-2006

מיוריאל ספארק

ספארק, מיוריאל, 1918-2006

ספרק, מיוריאל

موريل سبارك، 1918-2006

موریل اسپارک نویسنده و شاعر بریتانیایی

스파크, 뮤리얼 1918-

스파크, 뮤리엘 1918-

スパーク, ミューリエル


A far cry from KensingtonMemento moriThe girls of slender meansLoitering with intentThe finishing schoolThe Mandelbaum gateSymposiumThe driver's seat