Author(s): Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark's classic The Prime of Miss Jean Brodiefeatures a schoolmistress you'll never forget, in this beautifully repackaged Penguin Essentials edition.'Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life . . .'Passionate, free-thinking and unconventional, Miss Brodie is a teacher who exerts a powerful influence over her group of 'special girls' at Marcia Blaine School. They are the Brodie set, the cr me de la cr me, each famous for something - Monica for mathematics, Eunice for swimming, Rose for sex - who are initiated into a world of adult games and extracurricular activities they will never forget. But the price they pay is their undivided loyalty . . .The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a brilliantly comic novel featuring one of the most unforgettable characters in all literature.'Muriel Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards' John Updike'Spark's most celebrated novel' Independent'There is no question about the quality and distinctiveness of her writing, with its quirky concern with human nature, and its comedy' William Boyd'A brilliant psychological figure' ObserverMuriel Spark was born and educated in Edinburgh. She was active in the field of creative writing since 1950, when she won a short-story writing competition in the Observer, and her many subsequent novels include Memento Mori(1959), The Ballad of Peckham Rye(1960), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie(1961), The Girls of Slender Means(1963) and Aiding and Abetting(2000). She also wrote plays, poems, children's books and biographies. She became Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1993, and died in 2006.
An elegant collector's edition of Muriel Spark's classic novel of one teacher's terrible, far-reaching influence on the lives of her students.
Dame Muriel Spark was born in 1918 and educated in Edinburgh, before spending a number of years in central Africa. Her novel, The Comforters, was published in 1957 and was the first of twenty-two full length works of fiction that include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) and Loitering with Intent (1981). Although best known for her novels, Spark was also a prolific and highly successful writer in other mediums, producing a multitude of plays, poetry collections and short stories. She died in Italy in 2006; her obituary in the Telegraph remembered her as 'one of the most elegant and incisive of British novelists, famous for her astringent, vigorous prose and for the sinister and disorientating quality of her plots.'