Muriel Spark was an award wining Scottish novelist. Born and educated in Edinburgh, Spark’s literary career spanned periods living in Britain, New York, and Italy.
Her best known work, the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was adapted into a film starring Maggie Smith. Several other of her novels have also been adapted to the stage including Girls of Slender Means, and she has been awarded several awards over the course of her career, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1965 for The Mandelbaum Gate, the US Ingersoll Foundation T. S. Eliot Award in 1992, the David Cohen Prize in 1997, the Booker Prize in 1969 and 1981, and and the Golden PEN Award IN 1998.
She remains one of Edinburgh’s best loved authors, and is commemorated in Makar’s Court in Edinburgh.