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Muriel Spark (born Muriel Sarah Camberg), is best known as the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1962). She was born in Edinburgh, but has lived in many places. She wrote a number of novels including The Comforters (1957), Robinson (1958), Memento Mori (1959), The Ballad of Peckham Rye (1960), The Girls of Slender Means (1963), The Mandelbaum Gate (1965), The Public Image (1968), The Driver's Seat (1970), Not to Disturb (1971), The Abbess of Crewe (1974), The Takeover (1976), Loitering with Intent (1981), Aiding and Abetting (2000), The Finishing School (2004).
In addition to her novels she has written a number of other works.
Her most famous novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was made into a play and in 1969 into a film starring Miss Maggie Smith as the incredible Miss Brodie, who is in her prime. The role won Miss Smith and academy award as best actress.
During WWII she worked in intelligence and became, in 1993 Dame Commander of the British Empire.
She lived at one time in several places in New York City before settling in Italy in the late 1960's. One of the places she lived was on Perry Street and 7th Ave. South in Greenwich Village in Manhattan.