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All the Stories of Muriel Spark

by Muriel Spark

Four brand new tales are now added to New Directions' original 1997 cloth edition of Open to the Public. This new and complete paperback edition now contains every one of her forty-one marvelous stories, catnip...


The Informed Air: Essays

by Muriel Spark

Together for the first time in one sparkling, delicious volume, here are the greatest essays of Muriel Spark A fantastic essayist, the inimitable Muriel Spark addresses here the writing life; love; cats; favorite...


Symposium: A Novel

by Muriel Spark

Dame Muriel Spark delivers a delightfully alarming novel, full of high society and low cunning.One October evening five posh London couples gather for a dinner party, enjoying "the pheasant (flambe in cognac...


Robinson (New Directions Classic)

by Muriel Spark

A suspense novel about three castaways marooned on an island owned by an eccentric recluse.January Marlow, a heroine with a Catholic outlook of the most unsentimental stripe, is one of three survivors out of...


The Comforters (New Directions Revived Modern Classics)

by Muriel Spark

Spark’s mind-bogglingly stunning 1957 debut With easy, sunny eeriness, Spark lights up the darkest things: blackmail, a drowning, nervous breakdowns, a ring of smugglers, a loathsome busybody, a diabolic bookseller,...


All the Poems of Muriel Spark

by Muriel Spark

Available at last are all the poems by one of the twentieth century's greatest British writers, Dame Muriel Spark: "a true literary artist, acerbic and exhilarating" (London Evening Standard).In the seventy-three...


Aiding and Abetting: A Novel

by Muriel Spark

In Aiding and Abetting, the doyenne of literary satire has written a wickedly amusing and subversive novel around the true-crime case of one of England’s most notorious uppercrust scoundrels and the “aiders...


The Abbess of Crewe: A Modern Morality Tale

by Muriel Spark

An election is held at the abbey of Crewe and the new lady abbess takes up her high office with implacable serenity. This is a satirical fantasy about ecclesiastical and other kinds of politics. The author has...


The Ghost Stories of Muriel Spark

by Muriel Spark

Eight spooky stories from the mistress of the unexpected.I aim to startle as well as please," Muriel Spark has said, and in these eight marvelous ghost stories she manages to do both to the highest degree. As...


The Public Image

by Muriel Spark

"All homage to Muriel Spark, the coolest writer ever to scald your liver and your lights" (The Washington Post). The Public Image, which the author has called "an ethical shocker," provides a scalding the reader...


A Far Cry from Kensington (New Directions Classic)

by Muriel Spark

The fraying fringes of 1950s literary London Rich and slim, the celebrated author Nancy Hawkins takes us in hand and leads us back to her threadbare years in postwar London, where she spends her days working...


Curriculum Vitae: A Volume of Autobiography

by Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark's bracingly salty memoir is a no-holds-barred trip through an extraordinary writer's life.It is no surprise that one of Muriel Spark's most lively and entertaining works would be her own memoir,...


The Driver's Seat (New Directions Bibelot)

by Muriel Spark

The Driver’s Seat, Spark’s own favorite among her many novels, was hailed by the New Yorker as “her spiny and treacherous masterpiece.” Driven mad by an office job, Lise flies south on holiday — in...


The Bachelors: Novel (New Directions Classic)

by Muriel Spark

Spark’s very British bachelors come in every stripe First found contentedly chatting in their London clubs, the cozy bachelors (as any Spark reader might guess) are not set to stay cozy for long. Soon enough,...


The Ballad of Peckham Rye (New Directions Classic)

by Muriel Spark

A slender satirical gem from the “master of malice and mayhem” (The New York Times) The Ballad of Peckham Rye is a wickedly farcical tale of an English factory town turned upside-down by a Scot who may or...


Memento Mori (New Directions Classic)

by Muriel Spark

Poignant, hilarious, and spooky, Memento Mori addresses old age In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone reminds each: Remember you must...


The Girls of Slender Means (New Directions Classic)

by Muriel Spark

"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions," begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark's tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies' hostel just...


Not to Disturb: A Novel

by Muriel Spark

Household servants and accidental guests must wait out the orders of the lords of the house: not to disturb.A winter's night; a luxurious mansion near Geneva; a lucrative scandal. The first to arrive is the...


Loitering with Intent (New Directions Classic)

by Muriel Spark

Where does art start or reality end? Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with the intent of gathering material for her writing, Fleur Talbot finds a job “on the grubby edge of the literary world” at...


The Finishing School

by Muriel Spark

From Muriel Spark, the grande dame of literary satire, comes this swift, deliciously witty tale of writerly ambition that recalls her beloved The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.College Sunrise is a somewhat louche...