The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

By Muriel Spark
Read by Wanda McCaddon

3.98 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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In the classic work that launched a play, a movie, and a song, Muriel Spark tells the darkly intriguing story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher and the intense relationship she develops with six of her students. At the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls, in Edinburgh, Scotland, teacher extraordinaire Miss Jean Brodie is unmistakably, and outspokenly, in her prime. She is passionate in the application of her unorthodox teaching methods, preaching the value of art, passion, and daring. She is also passionate in her attraction to the married art master, Teddy Lloyd, in her affair with the bachelor music master, Gordon Lowther, and—most important—in her dedication to “her girls,” the students she selects to be her crème de la crème. Fanatically devoted, each member of the Brodie set—Eunice, Jenny, Mary, Monica, Rose, and Sandy—is “famous for something,” and Miss Brodie strives to bring out the best in each one. Determined to instill in them independence, passion, and ambition, Miss Brodie advises her girls, “Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first. Follow me.” And they do. But one of them will betray her. Told from the unsympathetic perspective of one of Miss Brodie’s students, this novel explores themes of innocence, betrayal, and the tension between cold rationality and unchecked emotionalism.

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Summary

Summary

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

One ofModern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

In the classic work that launched a play, a movie, and a song, Muriel Spark tells the darkly intriguing story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher and the intense relationship she develops with six of her students.

At the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls, in Edinburgh, Scotland, teacher extraordinaire Miss Jean Brodie is unmistakably, and outspokenly, in her prime. She is passionate in the application of her unorthodox teaching methods, preaching the value of art, passion, and daring. She is also passionate in her attraction to the married art master, Teddy Lloyd, in her affair with the bachelor music master, Gordon Lowther, and—most important—in her dedication to “her girls,” the students she selects to be her crème de la crème. Fanatically devoted, each member of the Brodie set—Eunice, Jenny, Mary, Monica, Rose, and Sandy—is “famous for something,” and Miss Brodie strives to bring out the best in each one. Determined to instill in them independence, passion, and ambition, Miss Brodie advises her girls, “Safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth, and Beauty come first. Follow me.”

And they do. But one of them will betray her.

Told from the unsympathetic perspective of one of Miss Brodie’s students, this novel explores themes of innocence, betrayal, and the tension between cold rationality and unchecked emotionalism.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Muriel Spark is one of the few writers on either side of the Atlantic with enough resources, daring, and stamina to be altering, as well as feeding, the fiction machine.” New Yorker
“A perfect book.” Chicago Tribune
“Remarkable; Surprises are systematically reduced until there is only one left, and it is like the stab of a stiletto.” Spectator
“A gloriously witty and polished vignette.” Times Literary Supplement
“Admirably written, beautifully constructed, extremely amusing, and deeply serious.” Saturday Review
“Narrator [Wanda McCaddon’s] voices are an almost musical backdrop to the story; her accents dance gracefully with one another throughout all types of interaction. Miss Jean Brodie’s eccentricities and the author’s use of time shifts are not lost in [McCaddon’s] reading. [McCaddon] keeps the reader right by her side.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was the author of over twenty novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as well as critical biographies, radio plays, children’s books, poetry, and short-story collections. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993 and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1996.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English