The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark. Penguin, 1969.
Spark's best known work. First published in the New Yorker, then by Macmillan in 1961. Listed by Time as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to present.
"You could argue that Muriel Spark's body of work was most effectively characterised as the study of charisma and the deceptions that can be carried out, almost unstoppably, under its auspices. As a novelist, she was preoccupied by the intersection between power and personality, which she represented, in what became trademark fashion, in a variety of puckish settings. What else could explain, for example, her choice of a convent to situate her satire of Watergate, The Abbess of Crewe (1974), or, most famously, that of an elite girls' school for her study of fascism in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie? Both of these brief, razor-sharp novels worked by virtue of dislocation; don't be surprised, they seem to say, if you find evil at work in the most unlikely of places." (Alex Clarke).
Vintage paperback. Film tie-in. Some normal shelfwear. Very slight slant to spine. No markings. Very good condition.