Sixth Folio printing, slipcased hardback of THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, by Muriel Spark and Published by the Folio Society, London, in 2013. Illustrated by Beryl Cook. It was first published in 1961 by Macmillan & Co. Ltd.
The book is in near fine condition (bound in full cloth blocked with a repeating motif by Peter Forster. Set in Century Schoolbook with Monotype Script display. and gilt lettering on black background on the spine). In its original dark blue slipcase which is in very good condition with just minor shelf wear. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.
Dame Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh in 1918. Her first novel, The Comforters was published in 1957. Her other novels included The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Loitering with Intent which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
She also wrote a number of collections of poetry and critical works. She was awarded honorary degrees from the Universities of Aberdeen, Strathclyde, St Andrews, Edinburgh, London, Oxford and The American University of Paris.
In 1993, Spark was made a Dame of the British Empire and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres and, in 1997, she received the David Cohen British Literature Prize for Lifetime Achievement and in 2005 was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize. Dame Muriel Spark died at her home in Tuscany in April, 2006.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; The glamorous, unconventional fascist Miss Jean Brodie in Muriel Sparks classic novel is brought vividly to life with illustrations by Beryl Cook.
"'She thinks she is Providence, thought Sandy, she thinks she is the God of Calvin'
A teacher in an Edinburgh girls' day school during the 1930s, Jean Brodie disdains the banality of a conventional education, preferring to instil in her young charges (the crème de la crème) her own passion for paintings, music, men and all things Italian - including Il Duce.
Things go horribly awry, however, when Miss Brodie and her politics are betrayed to the headmistress - and by one of her own 'set'. But which one? And why? In this very funny novel of innocence and experience, where secrets are a commodity to be traded, there is genuine pathos as well as comedy.
This beautiful large-format edition contains specially commissioned editions by Beryl Cook, OBE, including a double-page spread. One of the most popular artists of the 20th century, she was entirely self- taught, and perfectly captures the airs and graces of ‘the Brodie set’."
Book Size: 11" × 7¼". 160 pages. Illustrated with 6 colour illustrations including a double-page spread.
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Muriel Spark THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE Folio Society 2013
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Folio edition, slipcased hardback published by the Folio Society in 2013. Illustrated by Beryl Cook. Originally published in 1961