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Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in 1797 in London. She eloped to France with Shelley, whom she married in 1816.
Muriel Spark had a lifelong fascination with Mary Shelley. She published her first book on her in 1951, then spent decades revising and refining it. It is reissued here with previously unpublished material.
Mary Shelley: A Biography has been added to your Cart. Muriel Spark was an award-winning Scottish novelist and poet, whose works include "The Abbess of Crewe," "A Far Cry from Kensington," "The Finishing School," and "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Muriel Spark’s timeless classic about a controversial teacher who deeply marks the lives of a select group . He is standing in the middle of the room. A storm rages round the towers of the big house near Geneva
Muriel Spark’s timeless classic about a controversial teacher who deeply marks the lives of a select group of students in the years leading up to World War II. Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life! So asserts Jean Brodie, a magnetic, dubious, and sometimes comic teacher at the conservative Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh. She is sitting by the window, staring out over the East River. A storm rages round the towers of the big house near Geneva. Behind the locked doors of the library, the Baron, the Baroness and their handsome young secretary are not to be disturbed.
Dame Muriel Sarah Spark DBE, CLit, FRSE, FRSL (née Camberg; 1 February 1918 – 13 April 2006) was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. Muriel Camberg was born in the Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh, the daughter of Bernard Camberg, an engineer, and Sarah Elizabeth Maud (née Uezzell). Her father was Jewish, and came from Lithuania (part of the Russian Empire at the time) and her mother had been raised a Presbyterian, as was Muriel
Muriel Spark had a lifelong fascination with Mary Shelley. Spark paints an engaging portrait of a complex and misunderstood figure. Spark's abridgement of Shelley's uneven apocalyptic novel The Last Man is included here, while her initial scheme for the book and her later preface, in which she reflects on her own subsequent career as a novelist, are added. This is a fascinating study of Mary Shelley's life and work. It also provides valuable insight into the critical and creative development of Muriel Spark.
At the age of twenty, Mary Shelley secured her place in history by writing Frankenstein (1818), now acknowledged as one.
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