THE BACHELORS. Muriel Spark.


Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1961. First American Edition. Cloth. 8vo, black quarter cloth with yellow lettering over gray boards with think verticle bluish bands, Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) of cartoon gents & ladies by Seymour Chwast, 219 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #1834

"The cleverest and most elegant of all Muriel Spark's clever and elegant books."--Evelyn Waugh.

This is an amusing tale about several bachelors (a barrister, "priest," detective, horny Irishman, graphologist, and a medium, the main character) who had been sitting cozily in their London clubs, when they become entangled by various dubious situations . . . to include murder. Eventually, the bachelors all become involved in a criminal trial dealing with forgery and fraud.

Dame Muriel Spark (1918-2006) was a Scottish poet, essayist; superb short story writer turned brilliant novelist.

In 1954, Muriel converted to Roman Catholicism after editing the letters of Cardinal John Henry Newman. She felt that her new faith contributed to her gaining the confidence to become a novelist. She was supported in her decision by Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh.

The Times in 2008 counted her as one of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945." She became well known for polished, comic prose with dark tonalities that that touched upon serious subjects and explored human foibles.

Her novels The Public Image (1968) and Loitering with Intent (1981) were both short-listed for The Booker Prize. Spark wrote more than 20 novels, seveeral cellections of poetry, criticism, short stories, biographies, and even a few children's books.

Superior Condition apart from two places along the edge of the free front endpaper that are slightly crimped. From the collection of noted collector Donald Kaufmann.

Price: $95.00

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