Muriel Spark Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Muriel Spark Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Muriel Spark frequently used the word “minor” to describe her achievement as a novelist, a term that, in her vocabulary, is not as derogatory as it may at first appear. Believing that the artist is by definition a “minor public servant,” Spark claimed that she chose to write “minor novels deliberately.” This characterization of the artist and of her own intentions as a writer reflects her concerns about the novel as a form and the creative process in general, issues that are present throughout her work. She admitted that while writing her first novel, The Comforters, she had difficulty resigning herself to the fact that she was writing a novel, a genre that, in her opinion, was a “lazy way of writing...

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