Sunday, July 19, 2009

Muriel Spark

Martin Stannard of the Guardian provides fascinating glimpses of Muriel Spark's conversion to Roman Catholicism. Muriel Spark's ground rules for editors:

No alteration of the punctuation, which was intentionally unorthodox. He should leave in those passages deleted on the grounds of "mild indecency". She had added a couple of pages by way of "envoi". There was no mistaking an artist who knew exactly what she was doing and who would fight as furiously as St Monica to see her creation properly launched. Her self-portrait read:

"Born in ice cave of southern Tyrol, year 609BC of centaur stock, mother descended Venus. Muriel Spark rose from the waves as is well known. Demands fabulous fees."

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