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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Driver's Seat, The Only Problem.

Spark, Muriel.

ISBN 10: 1857152743 / ISBN 13: 9781857152746
Published by Everyman's Library/Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2004
Condition: Very Fine Hardcover
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A Very Fine copy in red cloth, in a Very Fine dustwrapper, not price-clipped, gold placekeeper. With an Introduction by Frank Kermode. 462pp. Issued as Everyman #274. Q03933. Bookseller Inventory # Q03933

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Title: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of ...

Publisher: Everyman's Library/Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Edition: First Edition

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The brevity of Muriel Spark's novels is equaled only by their brilliance. These four novels, each a miniature masterpiece, illustrate her development over four decades. Despite the seriousness of their themes, all four are fantastic comedies of manners, bristling with wit. Spark's most celebrated novel, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, tells the story of a charismatic schoolteacher's catastrophic effect on her pupils. THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS is a beautifully drawn portrait of young women living in a hostel in London in the giddy postwar days of 1945. THE DRIVER'S SEAT follows the final haunted hours of a woman descending into madness. And THE ONLY PROBLEM is a witty fable about suffering that brings the Book of Job to bear on contemporary terrorism. Characters are vividly etched in a few words; earth-shaking events are lightly touched on. Yet underneath the glittering surface there is an obsessive probing of metaphysical questions: the meaning of good and evil, the need for salvation, the search for significance.

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Sir Frank Kermode has been Northcliffe Professor Modern English Literature at University College, London, King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge and Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard. His many books include The Sense of an Ending, Romantic Image and a memoir, Not Entitled.

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