Muriel Spark World Literature Analysis - Essay

Muriel Spark World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

In Spark’s early fiction, one does not find the kind of passionate quest for the meaning of life so familiar in the often autobiographical novels of other authors. When she began to write novels, Spark was already a mature person, who had already arrived at her own certainty. Indeed, she did not publish her first novel until four years after her conversion to the Christian faith and three years after her commitment to Roman Catholicism. While her setting, her subjects, and her techniques varied with the passage of time, the vision of reality that underlies all of her work never changed. It is this vision that explains the many characteristics of Spark’s novels that have most puzzled her critics.

As a Christian,...

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