Jewel in the Crown

I wrote about Penelope Jardine’s collected volume of Muriel Spark’s essays, The Golden Fleece, and Hidden Possibilities: Essays in Honor of Muriel Spark (edited by Robert E. Hosmer), in the last edition of the Scottish Review of Books. You can read the piece here. This is the kind of brooch Muriel wore to meet her American publisher, but what colours, I wonder?

ruby amethyst aquamarine gold jean schlumberger tiffany & co carp koi fish

My concluding line – and this is simply an excuse to quote one of my favourite Sparkisms – is: “Her own essays, collected by Penelope Jardine in The Golden Fleece, illustrate beautifully another of her concerns: that the ‘purpose of art is to give pleasure . . . that element of pleasure which restores the proportions of the human spirit, opens windows in the mind.’”


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