Spark, Muriel

Spark, Muriel
(1918-2006)
   Born Muriel Sarah Camberg in Edinburgh to a Jewish Lithuanian father and an English Protestant mother, she was educated at the Edinburgh James Gillespie's School for Girls. It was possibly this experience that inspired her novel (later a film) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1962). During the war she worked for the propaganda department of the British Foreign Office and after the war she edited The Poetry Review, wrote studies of several famous authors and published The Fanfarlo and Other Verse (1952). Her winning of the Observer Prize for short fiction inspired her to write fiction full-time, and between The Comforters (1957) and The Finishing School (2004) she wrote altogether 22 novels. Converting to Roman Catholicism in 1954 was a major transition in her life. She spent much of her life in Italy, where she died. She has received honors from six universities, received the David Cohen British Literature Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and was made a Dame of the British Empire and in 1997. Some of her poems: "Against the Transcendentalists," "Canaan," "Elegy in a Kensington Churchyard," "Faith and Works," "Kensington Gardens," "The She Wolf."
   Sources: All the Poems of Muriel Spark. W.W. Norton and Co. Ltd., 2004. All the Poems: Collected Poems of Muriel Spark. Carcanet Press, 2004. Biography of Muriel Spark (http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/arts/writingscotland/writers/muriel_spark/). Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. Microsoft Encarta 2006 (DVD). Microsoft Corporation, 2006. Obituary of Muriel Spark, BBC News, 15th April 2006 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/ entertainment/3659703.stm). The National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The New Yorker Book of Poems. The New Yorker editors. Viking Press, 1969. The Oxford Book of Garden Verse. John Dixon Hunt, ed. Oxford University Press, 1993. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. Who's Who. London: A & C Black, 2005. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia).

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  • Spark, Muriel (Sarah) — orig. Muriel Sarah Camberg born Feb. 1, 1918, Edinburgh, Scot. British writer. She spent several years in Central Africa, returning to Britain during World War II. Until 1957 she published only poetry and criticism, including studies of Mary… …   Universalium

  • Spark, Muriel (Sarah) — orig. Muriel Sarah Camberg (n. 1 feb. 1918, Edimburgo, Escocia). Escritora británica. Pasó varios años en África central, y regresó a Gran Bretaña durante la segunda guerra mundial. Hasta 1957 publicó sólo poesía y textos críticos, como sus… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Spark, Muriel — ► (n. 1918) Escritora británica. En sus novelas refleja con realismo y escepticismo el mundo de la pequeña burguesía de su país. Autora de Memento mori (1959) …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Muriel Spark — Born Muriel Sarah Camberg 1 February 1918(1918 02 01) Edinburgh, Scotland Died 13 April 2006(2006 04 13) (aged 88) Florence, Tuscany, Italy Occupation novelist, short story …   Wikipedia

  • SPARK (M.) — SPARK MURIEL (1918 ) Née à Édimbourg, à la fin de 1918, d’une mère quelque peu douée de voyance et d’un père ingénieur juif, Muriel Spark eut toujours le souci, sous le couvert transparent de la fiction, d’assumer ses origines l’enfance… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • SPARK — es un lenguaje de programación especialmente diseñado para sistemas de alta integridad. Es un subconjunto anotado de Ada desarrollado por la empresa británica Praxis High Integrity Systems, Inc que elimina ciertas características del lenguaje… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Muriel Spark — noun Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918) • Syn: ↑Spark, ↑Dame Muriel Spark, ↑Muriel Sarah Spark • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author * * * Muriel …   Useful english dictionary

  • Muriel Sarah Spark — noun Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918) • Syn: ↑Spark, ↑Muriel Spark, ↑Dame Muriel Spark • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author …   Useful english dictionary

  • Muriel — /myoor ee euhl/, n. a female given name. * * * (as used in expressions) Spark Muriel Sarah Muriel Sarah Camberg Muriel Ellen Deason * * * …   Universalium

  • Muriel — (as used in expressions) Spark, Muriel (Sarah) Muriel Sarah Camberg Muriel Ellen Deason …   Enciclopedia Universal

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