Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie includes an introduction by Candia McWilliam in Penguin Modern Classics.
Romantic, heroic, comic and tragic, unconventional schoolmistress Jean Brodie has become an iconic figure in post-war fiction. Her glamour, unconventional ideas and manipulative charm hold dangerous sway over her girls at the Marcia Blaine Academy - 'the crème de la crème' - who become the Brodie 'set', introduced to a privileged world of adult games that they will never forget. Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was adapted into a successful stage play, and later a film directed by Ronald Neame and starring Maggie Smith.
Muriel Spark (1918 - 2006) wrote poetry, stories, and biographies as well as a remarkable series of novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) which received the James Tait Black Prize, and The Public Image (1968) and Loitering with Intent (1981), both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Spark was awarded the T.S. Eliot Award for poetry in 1992, and the David Cohen Prize for literature in 1997.
If you enjoyed The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, you might like Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
'A sublimely funny book ... it is a book to be read by all ... unforgettable and universal' Candia McWilliam, author of Debatable Land
Muriel Spark, geboren 1918 in Edinburgh, ist Autorin von Romanen, Theaterstücken, Kinderbüchern und Gedichten. Sie war Herausgeberin der "Poetry Review" und Mitarbeiterin des "New Yorker". 1992 wurde sie für ihr Werk mit dem T.S.-Eliot-Preis für kreatives Schreiben ausgezeichnet, 1997 erhielt sie den David Cohen British Literature Prize, 1999 den Ehrendoktortitel für Literatur der Oxford University. Muriel Spark starb im April 2006 in der Toskana, wo sie drei Jahrzehnte lang lebte.