Muriel Spark, born in Edinburgh on February 1, 1918, was one of the most important Scottish writers of the late-twentieth century. Her body of writing is distinctive by virtue of the range of genres at which she excels. Her first four published books, Child of Light (1951) a critical biography of Mary Shelley, The Fanfarlo (1952) a collection of poetry, the ghost story “The Portobello Road” (1956) and her novel entitled The Comforters (1957) testify to her success in different literary forms. She was also a reviewer and has plays and children’s books to her credit. Her most recent accolade was the Campion Award, which the Catholic Book Club presented to her in 2001 for “bequeath[ing] to us a literary …
Scullion, Val. "Dame Muriel Spark". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 June 2002; last revised 24 April 2006.
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