Curriculum Vitae: A Volume of Autobiography by Muriel Spark

By Muriel Spark

It's no shock that one in all Muriel Spark’s so much energetic and pleasing works will be her personal memoir, Curriculum Vitae. Born to a Scottish Jewish father and an English Presbyterian mom, Spark describes her early life in Nineteen Thirties Edinburgh in short, astounding anecdotes. in a single she recollects a adored schoolteacher, Christina Kay, who could later be used because the prototype for pass over Jean Brodie. Spark boldly information her disastrous first marriage to Sydney Oswald Spark (S.O.S.) — himself thirty-two, she simply nineteen — whom she to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and left in the back of to come to England. in the middle of WWII, Spark took a weird and wonderful place operating within the disinformation crusade of the British mystery provider, eliciting details from German POWs to wrestle Nazi propaganda. She later moved to the Poetry Society of London, the place she mingled with literati and different intellectuals, befriended by means of a few (such as Graham Greene, an early supporter of her paintings) and sparring with others. We event Spark’s pleasure with the book of her first novel, The Comforters, her trials with different writers’ envy, and her emergence because the so much fabulous femme fatale of 20th-century English literature.

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