MURIEL SPARK

THE ONLY PROBLEM

Published: The Bodley Head

Date: 1984

Uncorrected proof copy. Publisher’s yellow paper wrappers. Ownership inscription of A. S. Byatt to half title.

Note
The novelist A. S. Byatt was a friend of Spark’s and enthusiast for her works, referring the her as an author who “make[s] me want to write”. Writing her obituary in 2006, Byatt wrote “Muriel Spark's books were structured like nobody else's. She was one of that generation, just before my own, of powerful female writers... You had the feeling that it wasn't Spark the writer who was judging the characters, but some unchanging Divine Justice. This allowed her to have her detached, even flatly sardonic tone. She was a very moral writer, but in a wicked sort of way.”

Condition
A very good copy.

£65

Offered by Jonkers Rare Books