The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

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HarperCollins, 1961 - Fiction - 150 pages
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The elegantly styled classic story of a young, unorthodox teacher and her special--and ultimately dangerous--relationship with six of her students.

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

I think I'd read/heard too much about this book before I read it, and came in with too many expectations. The most helpful bookstore worker ever (no, really, great guy) recommended it for my wife as ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karol - Goodreads

I know I'm in the minority and I'm expected to laud this book as a literary classic, but I absolutely loath it. Miss Brodie is smug, self-serving, and self-absorbed. She cuts a ridiculous figure ... Read full review

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Page 100 - The Lord, ye know, is God indeed, Without our aid He did us make: We are His flock, He doth us feed And for his sheep He doth us take.
Page 20 - In the stormy east-wind straining, The pale yellow woods were waning, The broad stream in his banks complaining, Heavily the low sky raining Over...
Page 3 - She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces thro' the room, She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume, She look'd down to Camelot. Out flew the web and floated wide ; The mirror crack'd from side to side ; ' The curse is come upon me,
Page 93 - March, march, Ettrick and Teviotdale, Why the deil dinna ye march forward in order? March, march, Eskdale and Liddesdale, All the Blue Bonnets are bound for the Border. Many a banner spread. Flutters above your head, Many a crest that is famous in story ; Mount and make ready then, Sons of the mountain glen, Fight for the Queen and...
Page 101 - For why ? the LORD our GOD is good, His Mercy is for ever sure ; His Truth at all times firmly stood, And shall from age to age endure.
Page 129 - She thinks she is Providence, thought Sandy, she thinks she is the God of Calvin, she sees the beginning and the end.
Page 31 - It occurred to Sandy, there at the end of the Middle Meadow Walk, that the Brodie set was Miss Brodie's fascisti, not to the naked eye, marching along, but all knit together for her need and in another way, marching along.
Page 49 - that springs frae the dews o' the lawn, The shepherd to warn o' the grey-breaking dawn, And thou mellow mavis that hails the night fa', Give over for pity — my Nanie 's awa. Come Autumn sae pensive, in yellow and gray, And soothe me wi' tidings o' nature's decay; The dark, dreary Winter, and wild-driving snaw, Alane can delight me — now Nanie 's awa.
Page 20 - Did she look to Camelot. And at the closing of the day She loosed the chain, and down she lay; The broad stream bore her far away, The Lady of Shalott.
Page 8 - One's prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. You must then live it to the full. Mary, what have you got under your desk, what are you looking at?

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Summary and Analysis
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a novella by Muriel Spark, appearing first in The New Yorker and later published by Macmillan in 1961. ... wiki/ The_Prime_of_Miss_Jean_Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark « Catholic Fiction
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark : Post Road #13
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::Acquired Taste
If all you know of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is 1968 film with Maggie Smith, you have a treat in store. With few writers I know is style more divorced ... 2007/ 10/ why-should-i-read_11.html

BBC - Writing Scotland - Muriel Spark - Works
Muriel Spark's most celebrated and best-known novel is undoubtedly The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, published in 1961 and adapted for stage, TV and film. ... scotland/ arts/ writingscotland/ writers/ muriel_spark/ works.shtml

Classical Bookworm: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
It was a bit distracting reading The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie right after reading Muriel Spark's autobiography. Just about every page of the book contains ... bookworm/ 2006/ 06/ the_prime_of_mi.html

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark (1961) | The List
Jean Brodie is one of the most complex characters in modern literature. As a teacher, she is passionate about her pupils, even if her methods are frowned ... article/ 2800-the-prime-of-miss-jean-brodie-muriel-spark-1961/

About the author (1961)

Dame Muriel Spark (1918-2006) wrote more than twenty books, including Memento Mori, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, and Symposium.

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