Introduction

‘A hundred lines ofMarmion’, Muriel Spark’s Miss Gaunt sets as punishment for Rose Stanley, ‘famous for sex’ but unsure how to spell ‘possession’, inThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie(1961).¹ SpecifyingMarmion(1808) seems to punish Scott, too, though Spark’s first moment of literary recognition was the F...

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Published in: The Edinburgh Companion to Sir Walter Scott p. 1
Main Author: Fiona Robertson
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Edinburgh University Press 09-25-2012
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Summary: ‘A hundred lines ofMarmion’, Muriel Spark’s Miss Gaunt sets as punishment for Rose Stanley, ‘famous for sex’ but unsure how to spell ‘possession’, inThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie(1961).¹ SpecifyingMarmion(1808) seems to punish Scott, too, though Spark’s first moment of literary recognition was the First Prize she won, aged 14, for a poem commemorating the centenary of Scott’s death; and she was writing afresh about Scott in 1994, when she was 76.² For Spark, as for many Scottish writers and readers, Scott was the literary edifice she inhabited, knowingly, sometimes wryly, and just a little
ISBN: 9780748641307
0748641300
DOI: 10.3366/j.ctt1g0b3bp.6