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All the Stories of Muriel Spark

All the Stories of Muriel Spark ebook ISBN: 9780811214940
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 398 
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Four brand new tales are now added to New Directions' original 1997 cloth edition of Open to the Public. This new and complete paperback edition now contains every one of her forty-one marvelous stories, catnip for all Spark fans. All the Stories of Muriel Spark spans Dame Muriel Spark's entire career to date and displays all her signature stealth, originality, beauty, elegance, wit, and shock value.No writer commands so exhilarating a styleplayful and rigorous, cheerful and venomous, hilariously acute and coolly supernatural. Ranging from South Africa to the West End, her dazzling stories feature hanging judges, fortune-tellers, shy girls, psychiatrists, dress designers, pensive ghosts, imaginary chauffeurs, and persistent guests. Regarding one story ("The Portobello Road"), Stephen Schiff said in The New Yorker: "Muriel Spark has written some of the best sentences in English. For instance: 'He looked as if he would murder me, and he did.' It's a nasty piece of work, that sentence."

The Ghost Stories of Muriel Spark

The Ghost Stories of Muriel Spark ebook ISBN: 9780811215497
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 135 
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Presents a collection of ghost stories, including "The Hanging Judge," "The Seraph and the Zambesi," and "The Portobello Road."

All the Poems of Muriel Spark

All the Poems of Muriel Spark ebook ISBN: 0811221571
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 144 
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Available at last are all the poems by one of the twentieth century's greatest British writers, Dame Muriel Spark: "a true literary artist, acerbic and exhilarating" (London Evening Standard). In the seventy-three poems collected here Muriel Spark works in open forms as well as villanelles, rondels, epigrams, and even the tour de force of a twenty-one page ballad. She also shows herself a master of unforgettable short poems. Before attaining fame as a novelist (Memento Mori, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Muriel Spark was already an acclaimed poet. The "power and control" of her poetry, as Publishers Weekly remarked, "is almost startling." With the vitality and wit typical of all her work, Dame Muriel has never stopped writing poems, which frequently appear in The New Yorker. As with all her creations, the poems show Spark to be "astonishingly talented and truly inimitable" (The San Francisco Chronicle).

The Complete Short Stories

The Complete Short Stories ebook ISBN: 0857862995
Publisher: Canongate Books
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 592 
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From the cruel irony of ‘A member of the Family’ to the fateful echoes of ‘The Go-Away Bird’ and the unexpectedly sinister ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’, in settings that range from South Africa to the Portobello Road, Muriel Spark coolly probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent. The Complete Short Stories is a collection to be loved and cherished, from one of the finest short-story writers of the twentieth century.

The Girls of Slender Means (New Directions Classic)

The Girls of Slender Means (New Directions Classic) ebook ISBN: 0811221040
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 140 
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"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions," begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark's tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II. Like the May of Teck Club itself—"three times window shattered since 1940 but never directly hit"—its lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to normal: practicing elocution, and jostling over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown. The novel's harrowing ending reveals that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war wounds. Chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the Best Modern Novels in the Sunday Times of London, The Girls of Slender Means is a taut and eerily perfect novel by an author The New York Times has called "one of this century's finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment."

Nouvelles complètes

Nouvelles complètes ebook ISBN: 9782907681865
Publisher:
Author: James Graham Ballard,Guy Abadia
Number of Pages: 692 
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Après les volumes 1 et 2 des "Nouvelles complètes" de J.G. Ballard couvrant les quinze premières années de son oeuvre, ce dernier volume rassemble 39 histoires publiées entre 1972 et 1996. Avec sept nouveaux inédits, cet ensemble est le plus complet jamais réuni, y compris par rapport aux éditions anglaises et américaines. Ballard aimait dire que " s'il n'existe pas de romans parfaits, il y a beaucoup de nouvelles parfaites ". Lui-même en a écrit un grand nombre, dont le lecteur retrouvera ici certaines des plus fameuses. Celles en particulier, magistrales, des derniers recueils de l'auteur : "Appareil volant à basse altitude", "Mythes d'un futur proche" et "Fièvre guerrière". Retraduites ou révisées par Bernard Sigaud, elles permettent de comprendre pourquoi J.G. Ballard a si souvent été présenté outre-Manche comme " le plus grand auteur anglais " de son temps.

Symposium: A Novel

Symposium: A Novel ebook ISBN: 0811222438
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 192 
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Dame Muriel Spark delivers a delightfully alarming novel, full of high society and low cunning. 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 conversationand 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).

A Study Guide for Muriel Spark's "The First Year of My Life"

A Study Guide for Muriel Spark's ISBN: 1410346013
Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Number of Pages: 25 
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A Study Guide for Muriel Spark's "The First Year of My Life," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.

Robinson (New Directions Classic)

Robinson (New Directions Classic) ebook ISBN: 081122242X
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: N.A 
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A suspense novel about three castaways marooned on an island owned by an eccentric recluse. January Marlow, a heroine with a Catholic outlook of the most unsentimental stripe, is one of three survivors out of twenty-nine souls when her plane crashes, blazing, on Robinson's island. Presumed dead for months, the three survivors must wait for the annual return of the pomegranate boat. Robinson, a determined loner, proves a fair if misanthropic host to his uninvited guests; he encourages January to keep a journal: as "an occupation for my mind, and I fancied that I might later dress it up for a novel. That was most peculiar, as things transpired, for I did not then anticipate how the journal would turn upon me, so that having survived the plane disaster, I should nearly meet my death through it." In Robinson, Muriel Spark's wonderful second novel, under the tropical glare and strange fogs of the tiny island, we find a volcano, a ping-pong playing cat, a dealer in occult as well as lucky charms, flying ants, sexual tension, a disappearance, blackmail, andperhapsmurder. Everything astounds, confounds, and convinces, frighteningly. "She is," as Charles Alva Hoyt once put it, "the Jane Austen of the Surrealists." Robinson, a unique and marvelous novel, is another display of the powers of "the most gifted and innovative British novelist" (The New York Times). In the work of Dame Murielin the last words of Robinson "immediately all things are possible."

Bang-bang You're Dead

Bang-bang You're Dead ebook ISBN: 9780586055786
Publisher: London : Granada
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 176 
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ebook ISBN: 1782117695
Publisher: Canongate Books
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 176 
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'Muriel Spark's most celebrated novel . . . This ruthlessly and destructively romantic school ma'am is one of the giants of post-war fiction' Independent 'A brilliantly psychological fugue' Observer The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is Muriel Spark's most significant and celebrated novel, and remains as dazzling as when it was first published in 1961. Miss Jean Brodie is a teacher unlike any other, proud and cultured, enigmatic and freethinking; a romantic, with progressive, sometimes shocking ideas and aspirations for the girls in her charge. At the Marcia Blaine Academy she takes a select group of girls under her wing. Spellbound by Miss Brodie's unconventional teaching, these devoted pupils form the Brodie set. But as the girls enter their teenage years and they become increasingly drawn in by Miss Brodie's personal life, her ambitions for them take a startling and dark turn with devastating consequences.

The Observing Eye

The Observing Eye ebook ISBN: 034901129X
Publisher: Hachette UK
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 96 
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The Observing Eye is a collection of Muriel Spark's brilliant asides, sayings, and aphorisms. No other writer can hold a candle to her wry, puckish observations: 'Neurotics are awfully quick to notice other people's mentalities.' 'It is impossible to persuade a man who does not disagree, but smiles.' 'The sacrifice of pleasure is of course itself a pleasure.' 'Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time in your life it may occur.' 'Ridicule is the only honourable weapon we have left.' Spark's striking insights are precise and unforgettable - they will make you laugh and nod in agreement, with a wicked smile on your face. Her wise words never fail to hit exactly the right note.

British Short-fiction Writers, 1945-1980

British Short-fiction Writers, 1945-1980 ebook ISBN:
Publisher: Gale Research International, Limited
Author: James Hardin,Gale Cengage
Number of Pages: 388 
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Information on the lives and works of British writers whose short-fiction work has been published between 1945 and 1980.

Open to the Public

Open to the Public ebook ISBN: 9780811213677
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 376 
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Thirty-seven stories spanning the author's career feature judges, ghosts, mediums, psychologists, fashion designers, and murderers

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae ebook ISBN: 1784100919
Publisher: Carcanet
Author: Muriel Spark,Elaine Feinstein
Number of Pages: 222 
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Muriel Spark's autobiography traces how one of the great modern writers in English emerged. Beginning with luminous evocations of a 1920s childhood in Edinburgh and memories of school, taught by the original 'Miss Jean Brodie', Spark recalls her formative years, up to the publication of her first novel in 1957. 'In order to write about life as I intended to do, I felt I had first to live,' Spark says. In her account of her unhappy marriage in colonial Kenya, her return to wartime London on a troop ship, working at the Foreign Office as one of the 'girls of slender means', editing Poetry Review and her conversion to Catholicism, Muriel Spark outlines the life that provided material for some of the best-loved novels of the twentieth century.

The Essence of the Brontës

The Essence of the Brontës ebook ISBN:
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Author: Muriel Spark,Charlotte Brontë,Emily Brontë
Number of Pages: 320 
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The Public Image

The Public Image ebook ISBN: 0811221350
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
Author: Muriel Spark
Number of Pages: 767 
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"All homage to Muriel Spark, the coolest writer ever to scald your liver and your lights" (The Washington Post). The Public Image, which the author has called "an ethical shocker," provides a scalding the reader is unlikely to forget, particularly as it is so enjoyable. Spark chooses Rome, "the motherland of sensation," for the setting of her story about movie star Annabel Christopher (known to her adoring fans as "The English Lady-Tiger"), who has made the fatal mistake of believing in her public image. This error and her embittered husband, and unsuccessful actor, catch up with her. Her final act is only the first shocking climax—further surprises await. Neatly savaging our celebrity culture, Spark rejoices in one of her favorite subjects—the clash between sham and genuine identity—and provides Annabel with an unexpected triumph.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Ghosts of Christmas Past ebook ISBN: 1473663474
Publisher: Hachette UK
Author: Neil Gaiman,M. R. James,Jenn Ashworth,E. Nesbit,Louis de Bernières,Muriel Spark,Frank Cowper,E. F. Benson,Bernard Capes,L. P. Hartley,Robert Aickman,Jerome K. Jerome,Kelly Link
Number of Pages: 304 
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A present contains a monstrous secret. An uninvited guest haunts a Christmas party. A shadow slips across the floor by firelight. A festive entertainment ends in darkness and screams. Who knows what haunts the night at the dark point of the year? This collection of seasonal chillers looks beneath Christmas cheer to a world of ghosts and horrors, mixing terrifying modern fiction with classic stories by masters of the macabre. From Neil Gaiman and M. R. James to Muriel Spark and E. Nesbit, there are stories here to make the hardiest soul quail - so find a comfy chair, lock the door, ignore the cold breath on your neck and get ready to welcome in the real spirits of Christmas.