Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae : A Volume of Autobiography

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This is an autobiographical account of Muriel Spark's Edinburgh childhood and her life in Africa.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 322.06g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 12pp b&w photographs
  • 0140123113
  • 9780140123111
  • 1,937,094

Review Text

As a novelist Muriel Spark has consistently gone her own way independent of literary fashion, and has produced a body of work that is as notable for its intellectual vigour as for its clarity and wit. She is like a formidable favourite aunt, doling out treats aplenty but ready to crush sloppy thinking or moral sliding. Her autobiography does not disappoint. Her vigour is exemplified by the fact that she refuses to speculate about her past, relying instead on her own extensive documentary archives and considerable research. In a sense she has treated her own life as she would a biography of another person, but adds to this recalled emotion. The story moves from her Edinburgh childhood (Jean Brodie et al) to her early success in the 1950s via an unfortunate marriage and Rhodesia, and the parallels with her fiction are fascinating. (Kirkus UK)show more

Author information

Muriel Spark's many novels include Memento Mori, The Girls of Slender Means, A Far Cry From Kensington, The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (adapted for film and theatre), Aiding And Abetting and her final novel, The Finishing School. She was elected C. Litt in 1992 and awarded the DBE in 1993. Dame Muriel received many awards, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the FNAC Prix Etranger, the Saltire Prize, the Ingersoll T. S. Eliot Award and the David Cohen British Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement. Dame Muriel died in 2006.show more

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