New Catalogue: Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark was a writer whose talent left Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh awestruck, whose taste for the moderns sent the Poetry Review into near civil war under her editorship, and whose literary criticism and juvenalia provide a glimpse of the acuity she would later show as a novelist.

The collection presented in these pages is the product of one private collector, and shows the extraordinary range of Spark’s canon. It begins with issues of the James Gillespie’s School Magazine, where her poems appeared under the commission of teacher Miss Christina Kay, who was later fictionalised, as was the school, in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie.

It goes on to offer examples of Spark’s early publications of literary criticism as well as the great body of fiction that followed. The first edition of The Comforters is inscribed to the man who encouraged her to write novels, and other important associations feature too, notably to her landlady - the model for Milly in A Far Cry From Kensington - 'Tiny' Lazzari.

There is plenty presented here that would complement any collection of twentieth century literature, and we hope you find something to add to yours.

The catalogue can be downloaded as a PDF at this link and the books can be browsed on the website.


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