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October 14, 2013

Muriel Spark, Miss Brodie, Miss Kay

Muriel Spark    (1918 - 2006)

Muriel Spark
(1918 – 2006)

By Steve King

On this day in 1961 Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was published. The real Miss Brodie was Spark’s high school teacher in Edinburgh, Miss Kay. She loved Mussolini, and her creme de la creme girls, and “would have put the fictional character firmly in her place.” MIss Kay was also so emphatic about Spark being a writer that “I felt I had hardly much choice in the matter.”

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