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Spark, Muriel

Works: 610 works in 3,499 publications in 26 languages and 85,810 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Satire  Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Domestic fiction  Didactic fiction  War stories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Honoree, Other, Dedicatee, Contributor, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee, Compiler
Classifications: PR6037.P29, 823.914
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The prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark( Book )

282 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 5,072 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 )

74 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 3,017 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 )

206 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 16 languages and held by 2,661 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 )

130 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 2,431 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."
Aiding & abetting by Muriel Spark( Book )

47 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 2,383 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
Loitering with intent by Muriel Spark( Book )

60 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,180 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 Mandelbaum gate by Muriel Spark( Book )

102 editions published between 1965 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 2,107 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
The finishing school by Muriel Spark( Book )

36 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,100 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
Mary Shelley by Muriel Spark( Book )

66 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

53 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 10 languages and held by 1,977 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 )

57 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'This novel first appeared in the New Yorker.'"
The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark( Book )

60 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 1,737 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 ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark( Book )

104 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,726 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
Territorial rights by Muriel Spark( Book )

49 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,709 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 public image by Muriel Spark( Book )

53 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skildring fra filmkredse i Italien
The only problem by Muriel Spark( Book )

39 editions published between 1963 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Having led a successful, comfortable life, Harvey Gotham retires to the French countryside to pursue bookish obsessions--namely, a long monograph on the Book of Job, the biblical narrative of faith in the face of extraordinary suffering. But Gotham's intellectual interests soon bleed into his daily life when a series of misfortunes, from a destructive affair to his wife's involvement with an extremist group, threaten to destroy everything he holds dear
Reality and dreams by Muriel Spark( Book )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,678 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 bachelors by Muriel Spark( Book )

109 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,573 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 )

45 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, Radcliffe's vast material wealth begins to slip quietly out the door. While Radcliffe attempts to evict Mallindaine from her house, a host of new problems arise, all threatening to destroy everything Radcliffe holds dear
Emily Brontë, her life and work by Muriel Spark( Book )

39 editions published between 1940 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.30 (from 0.08 for The prime ... to 0.77 for Theorizing ...)

Alternative Names
Camberg, Muriel Sarah.

Camberg, Muriel Sarah 1918-2006

Spark, Mi︠u︡riėl

Spark, Mjuriėl 1918-2006

Spark, Muriel

Spark, Muriel 1918-

Spark, Muriel Sarah

Spark, Muriel Sarah 1918-2006

Spārka, Mjuriela, 1918-2006

Stanford, Muriel Sarah Spark.

Stanford, Muriel Sarah Spark 1918-2006

Спарк, Мюриэл, 1918-2006

موريل سبارك، 1918-2006

スパーク, ミューリエル

A far cry from KensingtonMemento moriThe girls of slender meansAiding & abettingLoitering with intentThe Mandelbaum gateThe finishing schoolMary Shelley