2018 Project: Muriel Spark 100

 

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark’s birth. Loads of celebrations, reading projects, etc., are planned to observe the iconic Scottish writer’s life.

I’m participating in heavenali’s read-along.  I’ll post much more as I go. Meantime, I’m off to collect as much by and about Spark as I can.

January 2018:

The Comforters (1957)

My Review & Thoughts

Muriel Spark Timeline

Robinson (1958)

Memento Mori (1959)

Mary Shelley (bio) (1987)

The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960)

The Bachelors (1960)

 

Heavenali’s Schedule:

Phase 1 (January/February) Early novels – 1950s

The Comforters (1957)
Robinson (1958)
Memento Mori (1959)

Phase 2. (March/April) 1960s

The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960)
• The Bachelors (1960)
• The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961)
• The Girls of Slender Means (1963)
• The Mandelbaum Gate (1965)
• The Public Image (1968)

Phase 3 (May/June) 1970s

• The Driver’s Seat (1970)
• Not To Disturb (1971)
• The Hothouse by the East River (1973)
• The Abbess of Crewe (1974)
• The Takeover (1976)
• Territorial Rights (1979)

Phase 4 (July/August) short stories/ poetry/essays

Various collections available including:
Complete poems
Complete short stories
The Golden fleece – essays
Going up to Sotherby’s and other poems

Phase 5 (September/October) 1980s/1990s

• Loitering with Intent (1981) – shortlisted for Booker Prize
• The Only Problem (1984)
• A Far Cry From Kensington (1988)
. Symposium (1990)
. Reality and dreams (1996)

Phase 6 (November/December) later novels/autobiography/biography

Final two novels
• Aiding and Abetting (2000)
• The Finishing School (2004)

or
Curriculum Vitae – autobiography
Appointment in Arezzo: a friendship with Muriel Spark – Alan Taylor
Muriel Spark the biography by Martin Stannard