1 July 2021 Susannah

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – A Video Talk

Maggie Smith as Jean Brodie

In the glorious city of Edinburgh, teacher Miss Jean Brodie, who is in her prime, mentors 6 girls and tells them they are the ‘crème de la crème’. What damage does she do to them, and why is this brilliant and unsettling novel ranked amongst the 100 Best Books of Modern Literature?

First published in 1961, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie brought Muriel Spark international fame. Time magazine chose it in 2005 as one of the 100 best novels in English from 1923 to the present, and the Modern Library ranked it 76th in its ‘100 Best Novels of the 20thC’.

The story of Miss Brodie and her ‘crème de la crème’ group of pupils has become a classic of Scottish literature. It is funny and tragic, sharp and unexpected, and it is set in one of the greatest cities in the world.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is arguably Muriel Spark’s best novel and certainly her most celebrated. Discover why it is such a brilliant work of fiction and learn about its characters and themes. Just $9 for the full video talk, available now.

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Featured image credit- Maggie Smith as Jean Brodie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969 20thC Fox movie adaptation, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064840/

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