- Machine generated contents note: THE WORK -- One.The Large Testimony of Muriel Spark / Gabriel Josipovici -- Two.Muriel Spark's Fiction: A Context / Joseph Hynes -- Three.A Spirit of Vast Endurance”r;: Muriel Spark, Poet and Novelist / Robert E. Hosmer Jr. -- Four.Breaking Free of the Grave: Muriel Spark's Uses of Humor and the Supernatural / Regina Barreca -- Five.Fully to Savour Her Position”r;: Muriel Spark and Scottish Identity / Gerard Carruthers -- Six.Unrivalled Deftness: The Novels of Muriel Spark / Frank Kermode -- Seven.The Lightness of Muriel Spark's Novels / Dan Gunn -- Eight.Muriel Spark and the Peters Pan / John Glavin -- Nine.Elliptical and Inconsequential Ladies: Muriel Spark, Jane Bowles, Penelope Fitzgerald, and the texte contestant / David Malcolm -- Ten.Stonewalling Toffs / John Updike -- Eleven.In Sparkworld / John Lanchester -- THE LIFE -- Twelve.Muriel Spark: Scottish by Formation / Alan Taylor -- Thirteen.Now You See Her, Now You Don't / Doris Lessing -- Fourteen.The Culture of an Anarchist: An Interview with Muriel Spark / John Mortimer -- Fifteen.Fascinated by Suspense”r;: An Interview with Dame Muriel Spark / Robert E. Hosmer Jr. -- Sixteen.Now I Know They Want Me Back-Stage”r; / Barbara Epler.
- "Described by David Lodge as "the most gifted and innovative writer of her generation," Muriel Spark had a literary career that spanned from the late 1940s until her death in 2006, and included poems, stories, plays, essays, and, most notably, novels. The extensive bibliography of her works included in this collection reveals the astonishing output of a powerful and sustained creative spirit. Hidden Possibilities gathers a distinguished group of writers from both sides of the Atlantic to offer an informed overview of Muriel Spark's life and work. Critics have often read Spark in a somewhat narrow context-as a Catholic, a woman, or a Scottish writer. The essays in this volume, while making connections between these contexts, cumulatively situate her in a broader European tradition. The volume includes interviews with Spark that cast light both on the course of her professional life and on her notably distinctive personality. "Hidden Possibilities combines solid scholarship with engaging personal tributes that, collectively, offer an unabashed celebration of Muriel Spark and her work. The essays are a significant addition to full-length studies of Spark while remaining accessible to Spark's fans and readers"--
- 9780268030995 (paperback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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