Person NameSpark; Muriel Sarah (1918-); novelist, biographer and poet
ForenamesMuriel Sarah
Epithetnovelist, biographer and poet
ActivityMuriel Spark was born Muriel Sarah Camberg in Edinburgh in 1918. She attended school in Edinburgh and then took a course in précis writing at Heriot-Watt College. In 1937 she married Sydney Oswald Spark and moved to Zimbabwe to live with him but the marriage failed and she returned to England in 1944. She was given a job in the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office but her interest in literature and poetry led her, after the war, to take the post of General Secretary of the Poetry Society and editor of 'Poetry Review'. She had won her first prize, the Walter Scott Prize, in 1930, and from the 1950s she devoted herself to writing. Her early works included poetry and biography but her greatest success came from her short stories and novels, including 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' (1961). Spark has been awarded numerous awards and prizes and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. Her autobiography 'Curriculum Vitae' was published in 1992.
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