Saturday, April 15, 2006

Muriel Spark (1918-2006)

Muriel Spark has died: Still in her prime. Her last novel, The Finishing School, published in 2004, became a best-seller. I reviewed it. It was delightful, characterized by "economy of means, precision of language and formal perfection." She lived in Tuscany too. God bless her.

There is more: Ian Rankin comments here. And Alan Taylor, literary editor of the Glasgow Herald, here. And Kelly Jane Torrance posts Spark of Genius.

1 comment:

  1. Definitely a passing worth noting. One of those writers whose works, once I fell across the first (in my case, "The Girls of Slender Means"), I had to go out and read everything I could lay my hands on. My favorite: "Memento Mori." But I have a soft spot for two relatively obscure ones, "The Bachelors" and "Robinson."
    Apparently a literary life well lived.