Literary Techniques

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Like Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Spark presents her readers with strange and extraordinary events that disarm and,...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Spark's The Ballad of Peckham Rye looks at the problem of class and class-consciousness and its effect on morality and the relations...

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Social Concerns

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Muriel Spark's major concern in The Ballad of Peckham Rye—as in many of the rest of her novels and short fiction—is the problem of...

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(Critical Guide to British Fiction)

Baldanza, Frank. “Muriel Spark and the Occult,” in Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature. VI (Summer, 1965), pp. 190-203.

Kemp, Peter. Muriel Spark, 1974.

Malkoff, Karl. Muriel Spark, 1968.

Stanford, Derek. Muriel Spark: A Biographical and Critical Study, 1963.

Stubbs, Patricia. Muriel Spark, 1973.

Literary Precedents

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Spark herself claims not to have any direct literary influences. "I influence myself," she claims. Though her unique combination of wit,...

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Related Titles

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Spark's first novel, The Comforters (1957), has significant connections to The Ballad of Peckham Rye. It too is concerned with...

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