Muriel Spark: The BiographyMuriel Spark: The Biography by Martin Stannard

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I love Spark’s rebellious and spiky novels but I felt the biographer didn’t really get to the heart of her. He deals well with her positive, ambitious traits but with her difficult traits he deploys a light touch.
Biographers sometimes worry that if they are too critical of their subject, that this might devalue their genius or compromise their work. This is not so. You don’t have to be perfect or even nice to create great work but it would be con to brush over these aspects of the subject’s character. I think Spark’s relationship with her mother and son deserved a fuller, more honest probe.
The constant identifying of the Spark-inspired character in each novel was tedious.

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