Teaching Tyranny: The Crime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark’s most celebrated work is set entirely in her hometown of Edinburgh. The Marcia Blaine School in the novel is modelled on James Gillespie’s, which Spark attended from the age of eleven, while the protagonist, Jean Brodie, bears some resemblance to Spark’s former teacher Miss Christina Kay, who, in Spark’s words, was a ‘character […]

‘The Crooked Dividend: Essays on Muriel Spark’, edited by Gerard Carruthers and Helen Stoddart

This collection of essays arises in part from the Muriel Spark Centenary Symposium held at the University of Glasgow in February 2018, with additional contributions. It is a groundbreaking volume that celebrates and reaffirms Spark’s outstanding literary achievement and contribution as a distinctive and prolific poet, novelist, essayist, editor, critic, biographer, playwright, radio dramatist, children’s […]


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