Christmas Critics

John Wilson

Biographers are routinely tempted to slide into sycophancy on the one hand or contempt for their subject on the other. In Muriel Spark: The Biography (W. W. Norton, $35, 627 pp.), Martin Stannard avoids these pitfalls. Stannard’s book, which crossed the Atlantic earlier this year, occasioned a slew of reviews, including a...

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