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Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh in 1918. She married in 1937 and accompanied her husband to Africa, but soon abandoned him and their son to return to London, where she converted to Catholicism. Her first novel was published in 1957, and she went on to write more than twenty more. Her last years were spent in Italy with her companion Penelope Jardine. She died in 2002.