Sunday, August 29, 2010

namely, Spark

She wrote a review of T.S. Eliot's play The Confidential Clerk that astonished the author with its insight, and Eliot's praise encouraged her to begin a critical study of his work, but she was overdosing on Dexadrine in order to suppress appetite and work longer hours, which had the effect of making her temporarily deranged, convinced that Eliot's writing was full of coded threatening messages to her.
D. Lodge, "The Prime of Muriel Spark", The New York Review, Aug 19 2010, p.60