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Muriel Spark Papers


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General Correspondence

Business Correspondence

Manuscripts by Muriel Spark

Manuscripts, Typescripts, and correspondence related to Derek Stanford


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Muriel Spark Papers, 1948-1965 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Muriel Spark Papers, 1948-1965Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1948-1965

ID: MS/MS/ms107

Primary Creator: Spark, Muriel

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the Spark Papers consist of correspondence between Spark and British poet Derek Stanford, and correspondence between Spark and her literary agent. Correspondence with other literary figures is also included, as well as drafts of several poems and essays by Spark. Also present are two small notebooks bearing Spark's autograph notes which include drafts of poems.

Collection Historical Note

Muriel Spark is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland who has been a professional writer since the 1940's. She has written 15 novels, three volumes of poetry, several nonfiction studies, and numerous short stories, essays, and reviews. Her earliest work was for the British political intelligence office at the end of the Second World War and by the early 1950's, Spark was recognized as a poet and critic, although she had not yet produced any serious fiction. The winning of a fiction-writing contest in 1951 and the encouragement of her publisher led to her career as a novelist. Her first novel, The Comforters, was published in 1957. Since then she has written 17 novels, many of which are influenced by her religious views (she converted to Roman Catholicism in the early 1950's) and most of which have been well-received by public and critics. Several of her novels have been adapted for the stage, film, and television, the best-known being The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) which appeared on Broadway and in a film version.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

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Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

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[Series 1: General Correspondence],
[Series 2: Business Correspondence],
[Series 3: Manuscripts by Muriel Spark],
[Series 4: Manuscripts, Typescripts, and correspondence related to Derek Stanford],
[Series 5: Miscellany],

Series 2: Business CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence with PublishersAdd to your cart.
Correspondence between Muriel Spark and various publishers concerning proposals for reprints of Elizabeth Gaskell, Dorothy Wordsworth, Jane Austin, and Mary Shelley. Includes proposals. 65 items.

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[Series 1: General Correspondence],
[Series 2: Business Correspondence],
[Series 3: Manuscripts by Muriel Spark],
[Series 4: Manuscripts, Typescripts, and correspondence related to Derek Stanford],
[Series 5: Miscellany],

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