Muriel Spark, Existentialism and The Art of Death

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This book proposes that Christian existentialism and, in particular, the work of Søren Kierkegaard, helped shape Spark’s religious commitments and her artistic innovations. Because of the prominence, after the Second World War, of the atheistic existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre, it is often forgotten that existentialism was originally a Christian philosophy, shaped by followers of Kierkegaard such as Karl Jaspers and Gabriel Marcel.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages232
ISBN (Electronic)9781474447232, 9781474447225
ISBN (Print)9781474447201, 9781474447218
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • Kierkegaard
  • Catholicism
  • existentialism
  • Muriel Spark
  • the personal
  • narrative innovation


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