The Abbess of Crewe A Modern Morality Tale

An election is held at the abbey of Crewe and the new lady abbess takes up her high office with implacable serenity. “The short dirk in the hands of Muriel Spark has always been a deadly weapon,” said The New York Times, and “never ...

Author: Muriel Spark

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811221559

Category: Fiction

Page: 108

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An election is held at the abbey of Crewe and the new lady abbess takes up her high office with implacable serenity. This is a satirical fantasy about ecclesiastical and other kinds of politics. The author has also written The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Girls of Slender Means.

The Cambridge Companion to Scottish Literature

The Abbess of Crewe (1974) is not just a satire on church politics loosely based on the Watergate episode of United States history. Spark's subtitle, 'A Modern Morality Tale', gives a clear indication of her intent: The Abbess of Crewe ...

Author: Gerard Carruthers

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521189361

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 301

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A unique introduction, guide and reference work for students and readers of Scottish literature from the pre-medieval period.

Women Writers of Great Britain and Europe

The Abbess ofCrewe: A Modern Morality Tale (1974) is an example of a work combining these two elements. An allegory of Watergate set in a nunnery, it points out the pervasive influence of the mass media on the modern world.

Author: Katharina M. Wilson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135616700

Category: Literary Criticism

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First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

A Literary Cavalcade VI

The Abbess of Crewe (1974) This “modern morality tale” is a lightweight novel that can stand on its own. The conceit of relating the Abbess' election to Nixon's is added spice to a tale that truly exists in a dry ascetic world.

Author: Robert A. Parker


ISBN: 9781304321282

Category: Fiction

Page: 466

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For six decades, writer and editor Robert A. Parker has followed up each book he reads, mainly novels, with an evaluation of that book. His comments are informed by his Jesuit upbringing but also by an independent critical view that balances a moral and literary sensibility. In this sixth of six volumes, the authors covered range from Ignazio Silone to Emile Zola. They include Solzhenitsyn, Spark, Stegner, Styron, Tanizaki, Tolstoy, Turow, Unsworth, Updike, Vargas Llosa, Warren, Waugh, and Wilder. The commentaries are listed alphabetically by author, and the books by the date of publication. At least 115 authors are included in this volume, some represented by one book, some by five or more. The writers here represent a broad range of writing styles, cultural influences, and moral philosophies. And all are rated on their literary achievement, on plot, character, and setting, plus the moral, ethical, and spiritual values of mankind. Here, the meaning of literature is measured against the meaning of life.

A Literary Guide

The novel explores the moral consequences of playing God'. In Memento Mori (1959), old people receive anonymous phone calls reminding them of death to come. The Abbess of Crewe (1974), a modern morality tale is both about plotting to ...

Author: Françoise Grellet

Publisher: Nathan

ISBN: 9782098127296

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 388

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Ce précis offre aux élèves et aux étudiants des repères et références pour mieux connaître la littérature des pays du monde anglophone. Écrit en anglais, il sera tout particulièrement utile aux étudiants qui préparent un examen ou un concours en leur permettant de restituer le contexte historique, social, esthétique et politique d'une œuvre, de même que sa spécificité littéraire. Quatorze chapitres, organisés chronologiquement, présentent une histoire littéraire, où l'accent a été mis sur les auteurs les plus représentatifs ainsi que sur les grands mouvements littéraires et écoles de pensée. Chacun de ces chapitres comprend également : une chronologie pour situer la littérature dans son époque, des encadrés sur des notions, écoles ou courants de pensée, un extrait d'une œuvre représentative d'un des mouvements littéraires de l'époque, accompagné d'une ébauche de repérage et d'analyse. Une seconde partie regroupe quelques chapitres essentiels pour tout étudiant en littérature du monde anglophone : un glossaire des principaux termes littéraires, une liste d'expressions qui permettront d'enrichir la langue des commentaires ou des dissertations, quelques conseils méthodologiques concernant l'épreuve du commentaire de texte littéraire, un chapitre consacré à la bible, dont l'influence sur la littérature de langue anglaise a été primordiale. Cet ouvrage est disponible au format ePub 3 en téléchargement à lire en version électronique sur votre ordinateur, sur votre tablette ou sur votre smartphone.

The History of British Women s Writing 1970 Present

discusses in a key essay, 'The Desegregation of Art' (1971).26 Subtitled A Modern Morality Tale, the novella The Abbess of Crewe, a fictional reworking of the Watergate scandal set in an English convent, is at once absurdist parable and ...

Author: Mary Eagleton

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137294814

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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This book maps the most active and vibrant period in the history of British women's writing. Examining changes and continuities in fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism, as well as women's engagement with a range of literary and popular genres, the essays in this volume highlight the range and diversity of women's writing since 1970.

Twentieth Century Fiction

The Abbess of Crewe : A Modern Morality Tale. 1974. The Takeover, 1976. Plays Voices at Play (stories and the radio plays The Party Through the Wall, The Interview, The Dry River Bed, Danger Zone). 1961. Doctors of Philosophy (produced ...

Author: George Woodcock

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349170661

Category: Literary Criticism

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Saturday Review world

The Abbess of Crewe has th closely woven texture and the structuri coherence of good poetry ; it is execute with a subtlety and intelligence that saf ( Continued on page 28 . USA 1.600 USSR The Abbess of Crewe : A Modern Morality Tale ...



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The Arizona Quarterly

AND THE MASS MEDIA BY BARBARA Y. KEYSER M URIEL SPARK calls her latest novel , The Abbess of Crewe , ' “ A Modern Morality Tale , " and a superficial reading of this witty and amusing story of a scandal - ridden abbess election will ...



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Cyclopedia of Literary Characters Aaron s Rod Dem

THE ABBESS OF CREWE : A Modern Morality Tale THE ABDUCTION ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS ABEL SÁNCHEZ ( Abel Sánchez : 2 / The Abbess of Crewe Paul de Lavardens , a spendthrift young Frenchman from a well - to - do family .

Author: A. J. Sobczak


ISBN: UOM:49015002914399

Category: Characters and characteristics in literature

Page: 497

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Contains analyses of characters that appear in novels, plays, epics, and other classics of world literature, providing lengthy descriptions of central characters, and less extensive discussions of supporting players; and arranged alphabetically by title.

Hugging the Shore

The AbbessofCrewe: A ModernMorality Tale is at the leasta burlesque of Nixon's Presidency.The Abbey is bugged, even tothe poplars outside; the Abbess, the conservative Alexandra, has just been elected (a “landslide victory”) overa ...

Author: John Updike

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780679645849

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 896

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WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD “Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea,” writes John Updike in his Foreword to this collection of literary considerations. But the sailor doth protest too much: This collection begins somewhere near deep water, with a flotilla of short fiction, humor pieces, and personal essays, and even the least of the reviews here—those that “come about and draw even closer to the land with another nine-point quotation”—are distinguished by a novelist’s style, insight, and accuracy, not just surface sparkle. Indeed, as James Atlas commented, the most substantial critical articles, on Melville, Hawthorne, and Whitman, go out as far as Updike’s fiction: They are “the sort of ambitious scholarly reappraisal not seen in this country since the death of Edmund Wilson.” With Hugging the Shore, Michiko Kakutani wrote, Updike established himself “as a major and enduring critical voice; indeed, as the pre-eminent critic of his generation.”

Cyclopedia of World Authors II

... Hothouse by the East River , 1973 ; The Abbess of Crewe : A Modern Morality Tale , 1974 ; The Takeover , 1976 ; Territorial Rights , 1979 ; Loitering with Intent , 1981 ; The Only Problem , 1984 ; A Far Cry from Kensington , 1988 .

Author: Frank Northen Magill


ISBN: UOM:49015002916196

Category: Authors

Page: 1640

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Cyclopedia of Literary Characters II

At the end of the novel , in a long discussion , he tells Sisson that modern men and women must either love or rule . ... W. A. Johnsen THE ABBESS OF CREWE A Modern Morality Tale ) Author : Muriel Spark ( 1918Type of work : Novel Time ...

Author: Frank Northen Magill

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: 0893565172

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1775

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Library Journal

A provocative novel by the British critic / writer , about a modern young Jewish woman seeking answers to her past , while vividly raising the question of how to come to ... MURIEL SPARK THE ABBESS OF CREWE . A Modern Morality Tale .



ISBN: IND:30000007861358

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Magill s Survey of World Literature

It is no accident that , for her fictional treatment of the Watergate scandal , The Abbess of Crewe : A Modern Morality Tale ( 1974 ) , Spark chooses a Benedictine abbey as the setting and an assortment of nuns and priests as the ...

Author: Frank Northen Magill

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing

ISBN: NWU:35556022623433

Category: Authors

Page: 2852

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A comprehensive survey of classic world literature with an emphasis on history, criticism, and mini-biographies of noted authors.

Critical Survey of Long Fiction

... 1973 ; The Abbess of Crewe : A Modern Morality Tale , 1974 ; The Takeover , 1976 ; Territorial Rights , 1979 ; Loitering with Intent , 1981 ; The Only Problem , 1984 ; A Far Cry from Kensington , 1988 ; Symposium , 1990 .

Author: Frank Northen Magill

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: UOM:39015019482101

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 3892

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Contemporary Literary Criticism

... 22:78 L'abbé C 29:45 The Abbess of Crewe : A Modern Morality Tale 5 : 398-400 ; 8 : 493-95 ; 40 : 394-95 Abbey Road 12 : 364 , 376-77 , 380 ; 35 : 278 , 281-82 , 289-90 “ Abbeyforde " 8 : 164 Abbey's Road 36 : 18-19 ABC de Castro ...

Author: Daniel G. Marowski

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0810344157

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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Gathers excerpts from critical articles written about twentieth century literature, and provides background information on the author being considered

Novelists and Prose Writers

book's title , a plain , squat , middle - aged woman , is decidedly an anti - heroine , and her story disgusted many Victorian readers . ... The Abbess of Crewe : A Modern Morality Tale . The Takeover . 1976 . 1974 .

Author: James Vinson

Publisher: London : Macmillan

ISBN: UCSC:32106006610528

Category: American fiction Bio-bibliography

Page: 1367

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