Author Club: Muriel Spark

Flavorwire Author Club: Muriel Spark’s ‘Loitering With Intent,’ a Love Letter to the Young Female Writer

Muriel Spark’s Loitering With Intent occupies the considerable space between a forgotten literary gem and a full-on classic: while not universally revered like The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, the Booker-shortlisted 1981 novel has, over the decades, attracted a devoted cult. Those who love the book identify powerfully with it — and they evangelize, with reissues and anniversaries providing excuses for a new round of praise every few years. … Read More

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Flavorwire Author Club: Muriel Spark’s ‘The Bachelors’ Takes on the British Bros of 1960

Featuring “a barrister, a ‘priest,’ a detective, a lovelorn Irishman, a handwriting expert, a heinous spiritual medium,” the text on the back cover of my copy of Muriel Spark’s The Bachelors sounds like it should be heading towards the words, “walk into a bar,” but it isn’t. Even though the synopsis for The Bachelors doesn’t provide any obvious punchlines, the book released a year before her most well-known work, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, is a dryly humorous romp that skewers the type of man-child characters we see in so many films these days. … Read More

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Flavorwire Author Club: Muriel Spark’s ‘The Informed Air’ Is a Charming and Insightful Essay Collection

In Parul Seghal’s excellent look at Muriel Spark at The New Yorker‘s Page-Turner blog, she discusses the flurry of Spark reissues that are happening this month, calling The Informed Air, a collection of the author’s miscellany, journalism, and juvenalia, “lumpy and slightly stale.” Perhaps nonfiction isn’t Spark’s forte: Seghal also writes that the writer’s memoir, Curriculum Vitae, has a “sinister dullness.” … Read More

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Flavorwire Author Club: Muriel Spark’s ‘The Driver’s Seat’ Is a Brief Yet Powerful Thrill Ride

The first two words of the third chapter of Muriel Spark’s scant little book The Driver’s Seat should be an all-caps “SPOILER ALERT.” After all, this is how she begins the chapter, just 25 pages into the narrative: “She will be found tomorrow morning dead from multiple stab-wounds, her wrists bound with a silk scarf and her ankles bound with a man’s necktie, in the grounds of an empty villa, in a park of the foreign city to which she is traveling on the flight now boarding at Gate 14.” … Read More

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Flavorwire Author Club’s April Selection: Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark published her debut novel, 1957’s The Comforters, at the age of 39 — a fact that makes great evidence for the claim that things get better with age. By then, Spark had already established herself as a critic and editor at Poetry Review, but it was through her 20-plus novels that she became recognized as one of the great writers of the 20th century. … Read More

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