Muriel Spark

1918 - 2006

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Dame Muriel Sarah Spark (née Camberg; 1 February 1918 – 13 April 2006) was a Scottish novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Muriel Spark has received more than 862,500 page views. Her biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Muriel Spark is the 646th most popular writer (up from 803rd in 2019), the 478th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 655th in 2019) and the 55th most popular British Writer.

Muriel Spark is most famous for her novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, which was adapted into a stage play and film.

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  • 860k

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  • 65.00

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  • 40

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 13.75

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  • 1.74

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Memento Mori
The comforters
The twentieth century saw a proliferation of media discourses on colonialism and, later, decolonisation. Newspapers, periodicals, films, radio and TV broadcasts contributed to the construction of the image of the African “Other” across the colonial world. In recent years, a growing body of literature has explored the role of these media in many colonial societies. As regards the Italian context, however, although several works have been published about the links between colonial culture and national identity, none have addressed the specific role of the media and their impact on collective memory (or lack thereof). This book fills that gap, providing a review of images and themes that have surfaced and resurfaced over time. The volume is divided into two sections, each organised around an underlying theme: while the first deals with visual memory and images from the cinema, radio, television and new media, the second addresses the role of the printed press, graphic novels and comics, photography and trading cards.
The Mandelbaum Gate
The girls of slender means
The ballad of Peckham Rye
The aim of Ethics and Self-Cultivation is to establish and explore a new ‘cultivation of the self’ strand within contemporary moral philosophy. Although the revival of virtue ethics has helped reintroduce the eudaimonic tradition into mainstream philosophical debates, it has by and large been a revival of Aristotelian ethics combined with a modern preoccupation with standards for the moral rightness of actions. The essays comprising this volume offer a fresh approach to the eudaimonic tradition: instead of conditions for rightness of actions, it focuses on conceptions of human life that are best for the one living it. The first section of essays looks at the Hellenistic schools and the way they influenced modern thinkers like Spinoza, Kant, Nietzsche, Hadot, and Foucault in their thinking about self-cultivation. The second section offers contemporary perspectives on ethical self-cultivation by drawing on work in moral psychology, epistemology of self-knowledge, philosophy of mind, and meta-ethics.

Page views of Muriel Sparks by language

Over the past year Muriel Spark has had the most page views in the with 98,185 views, followed by Spanish (5,831), and German (5,236). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Scots (109.47%), Southern Azerbaijani (86.38%), and Cornish (79.33%)


Among writers, Muriel Spark ranks 646 out of 7,302Before her are Walther von der Vogelweide, Ivan Franko, Irène Némirovsky, Kōbō Abe, Alexander Pope, and Michael Crichton. After her are Harriet Beecher Stowe, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Harper Lee, Martin Amis, Eugène Sue, and Ernest Thompson Seton.

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Among people born in 1918, Muriel Spark ranks 26Before her are Katherine Johnson, William Holden, Martin Ryle, Jørn Utzon, Kai Siegbahn, and Billy Graham. After her are Ernst Otto Fischer, Jens Christian Skou, Rosalia Lombardo, Franco Modigliani, Frederick Reines, and Yigal Allon. Among people deceased in 2006, Muriel Spark ranks 27Before her are Giacinto Facchetti, Paul Mauriat, Johannes Rau, Melvin Schwartz, Desmond Doss, and Choi Kyu-hah. After her are Joseph Barbera, Jack Palance, Clay Regazzoni, Robert Altman, Lennart Meri, and Raymond Davis Jr..

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Muriel Spark ranks 478 out of 8,785Before her are Brook Taylor (1685), Æthelflæd (869), Saint Boniface (680), Alexander Pope (1688), Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley (1545), and G. E. Moore (1873). After her are Kate Winslet (1975), Robert Robinson (1886), Diana Rigg (1938), Nick Mason (1944), Margot Fonteyn (1919), and Joseph Lister (1827).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Muriel Spark ranks 55Before her are D. H. Lawrence (1885), John Donne (1572), J. M. Barrie (1860), Samuel Johnson (1709), Daphne du Maurier (1907), and Alexander Pope (1688). After her are Martin Amis (1949), Ernest Thompson Seton (1860), Ian McEwan (1948), Douglas Adams (1952), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), and Oliver Sacks (1933).