Next Up: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
So now that Naked Lunch is gone with all its Nakedness, I’m excited to move on to the next novel.
Enter The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
What do I know about this novel? Nothing.
What do I now about this novel’s author, Muriel Spark? Nothing.
Except I did research a few facts for all of us:
- The novel was originally published in The New Yorker before it was published as a stand-alone book by Macmillan in 1961.
- In addition to being featured on Time’s list, the novel was listed #76 on the Modern Library’s list of 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century.
- The story centers on four young girls who become favorites of a teacher named Miss Brodie. Adventures ensue.
- Spark uses a literary technique called prolepsis (flash forwards) frequently throughout the novel. Lost, anyone?
- The novel is part autobiographical, with the Miss Brodie character being based on one of Spark’s teachers when she was a kid.
- A film version of the novel was produced in 1969 and starred none other than Maggie Smith (Any Downton Abbey fans?) who won an Academy Award for best actress.
- Spark won countless awards and honors, included the 1965 James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the T.S. Eliot Award in 1992.
- She passed away in 2006 at the age of 88.
More good news about this novel: It’s short. Only 160 pages.
So onward I go. This is book #80, friends! The homestretch is here!
Anyone read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, or anything else from Muriel Spark?