Readers' Review: "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" By Muriel Spark
(James Gillespie's High School)
A teacher can have a profound influence on a child’s life, even if it’s something to react against. The teacher in Muriel Spark’s novel, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” says “give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life.” She’s a magnetic, unconventional instructor at an all-girls’ school in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the 1930s. Miss Brodie is an attractive spinster who’s dedicated her life to a small group of her favorite students -- the crème de la crème. She aims to enlighten them on the finer things in life: art, religion, sex and fascism. But one of them will betray her. In this month’s Readers’ Review, we take a look at one of literature’s most famous teachers.
former reporter for The New York Times and author of "Crossing the Borders of Time."
president of Collegiate Directions Inc., and principal of Marks Education.
professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University.