The Informed Air


Essay, Nonfiction

Muriel Spark

Edited by Penelope Jardin

Together for the first time in one sparkling, delicious volume, here are the greatest essays of Muriel Spark

In this monumental collection, the inimitable Muriel Spark addresses all of her favorite subjects: the writing life; love; cats; favorite writers (T. S. Eliot, Robert Burns, the Brontës, Mary Shelley); Piero della Francesca; life in wartime London and in glamorous “Hollywood-on-the-Tiber” 1960s Rome; faith; and parties (of course). 

Spark’s scope is amazing, and her striking, glancing insights are precise and unforgettable. From the mysteries of Job’s sufferings, she glides to Dame Edith Sitwell’s cocktail-party advice on how to handle a nasty publisher, and on to the joys of success.

More Praise…

“Muriel Spark has written some of the best sentences in English.”

The New Yorker

“Witty, exacting, and wholly original. Muriel Spark's writing is sui generis, her influence unquantifiable. These essays reveal in diamond-cut fragments the things that most amused and most touched her, each facet reflecting some new, surprising aspect of the deep inner workings of her mind. ”

— Maud Newton

“A wonderful writer.

— James Wood

“The most original and innovative British novelist.”

The New York Review of Books

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