The Girls of Slender Means

"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions": First American Edition of Muriel Spark's The Girls of Slender Means; Inscribed by Her to Editor Sara Lippincott

The Girls of Slender Means

SPARK, Muriel.


Item Number: 78099

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963.

First edition of Spark’s novella, which follows female inhabitants of London’s May of Teak Club in the summer of 1945. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Sara Lippincott with best wishes Muriel Spark.” The recipient was Sarah Lippincott, who was on the staff at The New Yorker. Spark’s biographer, Martin Stannard describes Lippincott as a sharp young woman who sometimes acted as Spark’s secretary or helper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light rubbing. Jacket design by George Salter.

Chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the Best Modern Novels in the Sunday Times of London, The Girls of Slender Means is a taut and eerily perfect novel by an author The New York Times has called "one of this century's finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment."

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