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Muriel Spark (1918–2006)

Autore di Gli anni fulgenti di miss Brodie

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Muriel Spark has been called "our most chillingly comic writer since Evelyn Waugh" by the London Spectator, and the New Yorker praised her novel Memento Mori ri (1959) as "flawless." Her fiction is marked by its remarkable diversity, wit, and craftsmanship. "She happens to be, by some rare mostra altro concatenation of grace and talent, an artist, a serious---and most accomplished---writer, a moralist engaged with the human predicament, wildly entertaining, and a joy to read" (SRSR). She became widely known in the United States when the New Yorker devoted almost an entire issue to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961). Set in Edinburgh in the 1930s, this is the story of a schoolteacher, her unorthodox approach to life, and its effect on her select group of adolescent girls. Though their idol turns out to have feet of clay, she leaves an indelible mark on their lives. The Girls of Slender Means (1963), also warmly praised, is a sardonic look at the vivacity of youth and the anxieties of young womanhood. Reviewing The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) for the New Republic, Honor Tracy wrote: "There is an abundance here of invention, humor, poetry, wit, perception, that all but takes the breath away. . . . The story, in fact, is pure adventure, with the suspense as artfully maintained as anywhere by Graham Greene, but this is only one ingredient. There are memorable descriptions of the Holy Land, fascinating insights into the jumble of intrigue and piety surrounding the Holy Places, and penetrating studies of Arabs. . . . In each of [Spark's] novels heretofore one of her qualities has tended to predominate over the others. Here for the first time they are all impressively marshaled side by side, resulting in her best work so far." The daughter of an Englishwoman and a Scottish-Jewish father, Spark was born and educated in Edinburgh. After her marriage in 1938, she lived for some years in Central Africa, a period rarely reflected in her work. During World War II, she returned to Britain, where she worked in the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office after the breakup of her marriage. She has been a magazine editor and written poetry and literary criticism. Spark has lived in London's Camberwell section, the setting of The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960), but now makes her home in New York. Her novels reflect her conversion to Roman Catholicism. (Bowker Author Biography) Writer Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh on February 1, 1918. In 1934-1935 she took a course in commercial correspondence and précis writing at Heriot-Watt College. After her marriage in 1937, she lived for some years in Central Africa. During World War II, she returned to Britain, where she worked in the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office after the breakup of her marriage. After the war, she began her literary career. She became General Secretary of the Poetry Society, worked as an editor and wrote studies of Mary Shelley, John Masefield and the Brontë sisters. Her first book of poetry, The Fanfarlo and Other Verse, was published in 1952 and her first novel, The Comforters, was published in 1957. She wrote over twenty books including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Finishing School. She won numerous awards and honors including the 1965 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Mandelbaum Gate, the 1992 U. S. Ingersoll Foundation T. S. Eliot Award, the 1997 David Cohen British Literature Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and in 1993 she became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her services to literature. The Scottish Arts Council created the Muriel Spark International Fellowship in 2004. She died on April 13, 2006. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno

Opere di Muriel Spark

Memento mori (1959) 1,729 copie
The Girls of Slender Means (1963) 1,322 copie
A mille miglia da Kensington (1988) 1,281 copie
The Driver's Seat (1970) 988 copie
Atteggiamento sospetto (1981) 841 copie
La ballata di Peckham Rye (1960) 736 copie
Invidia (2004) 523 copie
La porta di Mandelbaum (1965) 516 copie
I consolatori (1957) 507 copie
Simposio (1990) 497 copie
La badessa di Crewe (1974) 469 copie
Gli scapoli (1960) 454 copie
The Public Image (1968) 316 copie
The Only Problem (1984) 288 copie
Non disturbare (1971) 278 copie
Territorial Rights (1979) 267 copie
Realtà e sogni (1996) 245 copie
Robinson (1958) 244 copie
Mary Shelley: una biografia (1951) 219 copie
The Takeover (1976) 218 copie
The Stories of Muriel Spark (1985) 127 copie
The Complete Short Stories (2001) 117 copie
Muriel Spark Omnibus 1 (1993) 68 copie
Muriel Spark Omnibus 2 (1994) 60 copie
The Informed Air: Essays (2014) 39 copie
Voices at Play (1961) 37 copie
The Very Fine Clock (1968) 22 copie
The Golden Fleece (2014) 18 copie
Bang Bang sei morta (1982) 17 copie
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Collaboratore — 12 copie
John Masefield (1992) 11 copie
Complete Poems (2004) 10 copie
Penguin Plays: Novelists' Theatre (1963) — Playwright — 10 copie
Muriel Spark Omnibus 4 (1997) 9 copie
The Brontë Letters (1966) — A cura di — 8 copie
Collected Poems (1967) 7 copie
Spark's Satire (2016) 6 copie
Muriel Spark Omnibus 3 (1996) 6 copie
The Hanging Judge (1995) 5 copie
Spark's Europe (2016) 4 copie
Rose di Scozia (1997) 2 copie
Chimes (2014) 2 copie
Madam X (1996) 1 copia

Opere correlate

The Penguin Book of Modern British Short Stories (1989) — Collaboratore — 431 copie
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women (1995) — Collaboratore — 166 copie
The Pan Book of Horror Stories (1959) — Collaboratore — 158 copie
Murder & Other Acts of Literature (1997) — Collaboratore — 147 copie
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984) — Collaboratore — 142 copie
Mistresses of the Dark [Anthology] (1998) — Collaboratore — 122 copie
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Collaboratore — 122 copie
The Second Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1972) — Collaboratore, alcune edizioni119 copie
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Collaboratore — 119 copie
The Penguin Book of First World War Stories (2007) — Collaboratore — 108 copie
The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories (1995) — Collaboratore — 102 copie
The Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1990) — Collaboratore — 100 copie
7th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1962) — Collaboratore — 91 copie
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Collaboratore — 85 copie
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998) — Collaboratore — 75 copie
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Collaboratore — 75 copie
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Collaboratore — 73 copie
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (1978) — Collaboratore — 73 copie
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Collaboratore — 70 copie
The New Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1983) — Collaboratore — 70 copie
The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories (1986) — Collaboratore — 68 copie
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (1999) — Collaboratore — 64 copie
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie [1969 film] (1968) — Original book — 61 copie
Ghosts of Christmas Past (2017) — Collaboratore — 56 copie
Mystery for Christmas (1990) — Collaboratore — 51 copie
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (1994) — Collaboratore — 50 copie
Revenge: Short Stories by Women Writers (1986) — Collaboratore — 49 copie
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Collaboratore — 45 copie
65 Great Murder Mysteries (1983) — Collaboratore — 41 copie
Haunting Women (1988) — Collaboratore — 36 copie
Partisan Review: The 50th Anniversary Edition (1905) — Collaboratore — 35 copie
Great Tours and Detours: The Sophisticated Traveler Series (1985) — Collaboratore — 34 copie
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Collaboratore — 34 copie
Realizations: Newman's Own Selection of His Sermons (1964) — Prefazione — 32 copie
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Collaboratore — 22 copie
Classic Detective Stories (1992) — Collaboratore — 22 copie
New Writing 13 (2005) — Collaboratore — 17 copie
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Collaboratore — 13 copie
Women Writing: An Anthology (1979) — Collaboratore — 12 copie
Cats: Fifteen Complete Stories and Poems (1998) — Collaboratore — 5 copie
Personal Choice (1977) — Collaboratore — 2 copie
Stories of Adolescence (1979) — Collaboratore — 1 copia
Modern Choice 2 — Collaboratore — 1 copia


Informazioni generali



Group Read, October 2021: Memento Mori in 1001 Books to read before you die (Ottobre 2021)
BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE NOVEMBER - SPARK & BOYD in 75 Books Challenge for 2015 (Dicembre 2015)
Muriel Spark Reading Week (23-29 April) in Virago Modern Classics (Mag 2012)


Credevo che questo libro si inserisse nel ricco filone di storie su educatori illuminati che plasmano le menti di giovani discepoli (stile "L'attimo fuggente", per intenderci), ma sono bastate poche pagine per rendermi conto di essere completamente fuori strada: la signorina Brodie del titolo dietro una facciata di progressismo si rivela una donnetta meschina e pretenziosa, che plagia le alune predilette a sua immagine e somiglianza cercando di rivivere la passata gioventù per loro tramite. Le "ragazze Brodie" a loro volta sono un gruppo disomogeneo e mediocre, che finirà incasellato in vite convenzionali ben lontane dai precetti della loro vecchia insegnante, di cui conserveranno solo uno sbiadito ricordo. Fa eccezione la perspicace Sandy, l'unica su cui la Brodie lascerà davvero il segno, anche se in negativo, e l'unica a vederla per quello che realmente era: una figura patetica e un po' ridicola.
Siamo ben lontani da qualunque idealismo, è una storia di grottesca quotidianità in cui non ci sono eroi, solo persone imperfette raccontate con acume e ironia pungente.
Ad un tema così originale non poteva che accompagnarsi uno stile altrettanto inconsueto, che unisce una scrittura estremamente scorrevole ad un impianto narrativo schizofrenico, che frantuma qualsiasi unità di tempo, luogo e azione (per buona pace di Aristotele). Ammetto che si arriva alla fine un po' disorientati, ma mai annoiati.
Questo romanzo è un unicum, l'esempio di come spesso sovvertire le aspettative si riveli una scelta azzeccatissima.
… (altro)
Lilirose_ | 168 altre recensioni | Aug 27, 2021 |
Londra, 1960, ma potrebbe essere adesso, ai giorni nostri. Attorno ad un circolo spiritista gravitano e s'incrociano personaggi squallidi e imbarazzanti: sfruttatori, opportunisti, finti preti, bamboccioni over40, un irlandese cattolico ossessionato dal sesso che per evitare di cadere in tentazione mangia cipolle crude prima di un incontro galante, sperando così di essere respinto; un procuratore del Regno che persegue un ambiguo medium che ha rubato i soldi che una vedova gli aveva consegnato perchè li investisse, pur facendo egli stesso la stessa cosa coi beni della sua amante...... tutti scapoli. Ma in rispetto della par condicio neanche le donne fanno bella figura: come minimo sono tutte irrimediabilmente stupide. Ma Muriel Spark, più che fustigare vizi e difetti li mette in ridicolo con una grande spiritosissima ironia. I dialoghi sono formidabili, arrivando talvolta a vette degne del teatro dell'assurdo. Una lettura piacevole.… (altro)
totocampobello | 14 altre recensioni | Mar 27, 2020 |
Il confine tra vita reale e cinema, tra verità e sogni. Il casting cinematografico di un regista donnaiolo intrappola, come in una rete, una serie di persone costrette a confrontarsi con il ruolo assegnato dal film.
Libro in cui la spietatezza nell'indagare l'animo umano si traveste di leggerezza, come negli altri scritti della Spark e proprio per questo geniale.
cometahalley | 9 altre recensioni | Aug 31, 2017 |
Una scrittura perfetta per un ritratto d'epoca, nella Edimburgo del primo trentennio del novecento. In una scuola eccezionalmente tradizionale Miss Brodie ha fatto del proprio ruolo una missione, convinta di possedere quel carisma, il "fulgore" nella traduzione dall'inglese "prime", in grado di preparare le giovanissime allieve alla vita più che impartire un'istruzione e formarle culturalmente. Durante lezioni assai poco ortodosse, Miss Brodie racconta con toni mitici dei propri ardori sentimentali, dei viaggi in Italia e delle convinzioni politiche, tentando di plagiare in modo tortuoso le allieve per renderle una sorta di doppio di se stessa. La raffinata capacità di indagine psicologica della Spark, come sempre, è in grado di rivoltare il carattere umano fino a svelarne i lati grotteschi, con sguardo divertito e in fondo indulgente, senza condannare o esaltare, quasi a ricordare che questa è la specie umana.… (altro)
cometahalley | 168 altre recensioni | Jun 30, 2014 |


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