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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Martin Stannard's "Muriel Spark: The Biography."

In the April 5 issue of The New Yorker, Thomas Mallon reviews Martin Stannard's biography of writer Muriel Spark.  The book, Muriel Spark: The Biography, first appeared in England last July and received high marks from critics.  Spark is one of the most important British writers of the post-World War II period.  A poet, essayist, and novelist, she died in 2006 at the age of 88.  Muriel Spark wrote The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and over 20 other novels. 

Spark's novel A Far Cry from Kensington, written in 1988, has been described as her most autobiographical.  It's an interesting book, with an unusual, almost old-fashioned, atmosphere.  If you've missed The New Yorker piece on the Spark biography, check out this review of Stannard's book from The Observer.  And try reading  A Far Cry from Kensington after you've become familiar with Spark's life; knowing those details make the book even more enjoyable.

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