Muriel Spark was created in Edinburgh, Scotland, on February 1, 1918. Taught in Edinburgh, she became editor of Poetry Review, and afterwards released a collection of biographies on figures like William Wordsworth, Mary Shelley and Emily Bront. Spark was made a dame in 1993. She expired on April 13, 2006, in Florence, Italy. There she met teacher Christina Kay who became the inspiration for just one of Spark’s most well-known characters.
In the age of 19, she married Sydney Oswald “Ossie” Spark. The couple sailed to Africa shortly as soon as they wed. The union proved to be a short and troubled one. She had a son, Robin, with her husband prior to the pair split up. To get a time, Spark supported herself doing odd jobs. She returned to England during the Second World War, leaving her son in Africa in the care of some nuns. Back home, Spark became involved in London’s literary universe. In the 1950s, Spark endured a nervous breakdown and converted to Catholicism. Her first novel, The Comforters (1957), earned critical acclaim from such recognized British writers as Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh.