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Muriel Spark: The Biography


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The long-awaited biography of one of the great writers of the twentieth century - 'a wonderful blend of scholarly fact and juicy storytelling' MAIL ON SUNDAY.

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Martin Stannard is Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Leicester and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.


Gripping; a rich, complex, quagmire of a book, Muriel Spark is worth the wait, witty, readable and well researched - about as satisfying as a literary biography can be -- Frances Wilson * Daily Telegraph *
Stannard's triumph is to have produced an account that survived her scrutiny yet reveals her vanity and egotism so unmistakably * Sunday Times *
A lively, engrossing and detailed tome * Sunday Telegraph *
Stannard has got under Spark's skin about as deeply as anyone could -- Alastair Mabbott * Herald *
Spark invited the author to write her biography. In his hands scholasticism and sauce prove a fascinating, compelling mix * Huddersfield Daily Examiner *
Stannard had unfettered access to Spark's archives and proves an adept biographer of the sparky and troubled author * The Times *
Stannard is particularly strong on Spark as a novelist and on the intrigues of the American and British and publishing worlds * Irish Times *
An exhaustive and fascinating story * Evening Standard *
This fine life explains why Muriel Spark numbers among the creme de la creme of modern novelists ... [With its] many fine vignettes ... this is a biography that has been worth the long wait * Sunday Telegraph *
Martin Stannard's biography will become the standard work on one of Britain's finest postwar writers * Observer *
Precise and perceptive ... a pioneering biography * The Times *

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