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Writing for The New YorkerCritical Essays on an American Periodical$
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Fiona Green

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682492

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682492.001.0001

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Spark’s Proofs

Spark’s Proofs

(p.99) Chapter 5 Spark’s Proofs
Writing for The New Yorker

Deborah Bowman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter talks about how Muriel Spark was keen to draw attention to ‘anything so trivial as evidence and documents’. By the time she published the story of her first thirty nine years and sold her papers, Spark's archive had provided the raw materials out of which she could create an autobiography, and her autobiography — Spark's need to assert the lines of her own life against the actual or possible distortions of others — had motivated the creation and maintenance of an archive. In between them she had discovered a defence against the ‘inaccuracies’ of even her own records, a place to ‘confirm, modify and elaborate on what I had written’, where she could muster ammunition as well as pan for the gold dust of corroborated fact: a magazine.

Keywords:   Muriel Spark, autobiography, archive, documents, corroborated fact, magazine

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