… Spark has unquestionably achieved classic status, but what kind of a classic is she? She founded no movement, and she belongs to none. The general reader is familiar with (1961), popularized by stage and screen, and perhaps (1963), both short and both dealing with female group behaviour. , set nostalgically in wartime London – and as slim and elegant as the Schiaparelli dress which the girls share for their evenings out – has the narrative panache of its predecessor, and a more benign view of most of the girls. Biographers are drawn to (1981) and , with their provocative reflections on the relationship of fact with fiction and their emphasis on the greater veracity of fiction.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
… Snapshots of Muriel Spark – Margaret Drabble | Literature. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)