Muriel Spark: The Biography


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.76 X 1.72 X 9.88 inches | 2.33 pounds
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About the Author

Martin Stannard is a professor of modern English literature at the University of Leicester, where he has taught since 1979. He was previously Leverhulme Research Fellow in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Muriel Spark: The Biography, Evelyn Waugh, The Early Years: 1903-1939 and Evelyn Waugh, The Later Years: 1939-1966, and editor of Evelyn Waugh, The Critical Heritage. His many articles and reviews have appeared in Modern Language Review, Essays in Criticism, the New York Times Book Review, the Times Higher Education Supplement, and Novel, among other publications.


Starred Review. Stannard has dug deeply, and with keen and sympathetic insight. His prose is graceful and assured, his literary judgments discerning, and his biography is as definitive as we can expect to find.
Will undoubtedly become the standard biography of a writer with perhaps the most distinctive voice . . . in postwar British fiction.
[Stannard's] magnanimity as a biographer allows [Spark] all her apparent contradictions, while his critical attentions do just what a literary biography should do: make the reader hungry to explore her works.--Frances Taliaferro
Martin Stannard's biography of Muriel Spark--dark queen of post-war British fiction and, for me at least, one of the great writers of all time--is as astonishing as his subject. In his chronicle of her rich, adverse, and inexplicable life and work he has, like a brilliant lepidopterist, managed to catch her and pin her down while preserving her elusive genius as an artist and a woman in the 20th century.--Jenny McPhee, author of The Center of Things