Ruth Scurr

Standard Name: Scurr, Ruth

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Literary responses Muriel Spark
Ivy Compton-Burnett , who always disliked religious sentiment and religious writing, was severe on MS . She described her early novels as Not at all good. . . . I don't like novels that tell...
Literary responses Marina Warner
This amazingly complex novel received very positive reviews in Britain. Helen Dunmore in The Times called the plot huge and vigorous and the novel rewarding, incisive and topical.
Marina Warner: Novelist and Mythographer.
Times Literary Supplement reviewer Ruth Scurr
Literary responses Jane Gardam
The TLS reviewer, Ruth Scurr , used as yardstick for this novel Kipling 's writings about his parallel childhood trauma and experience of evil (related in the story Baa Baa Black Sheep).
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
(12 November 2004): 21
Literary responses Elizabeth Jane Howard
Ruth Scurr in the Telegraph judged EJH to be as impressive a writer as ever in this novel, and instanced her handling of dialogue among children.
Scurr, Ruth. “All Change, by Elizabeth Jane Howard, review”. The Telegraph.
Lettie Ransley in the Guardian wrote that this was...
Literary responses Muriel Spark
Ruth Scurr , reviewing this book for the Times Literary Supplement, detected in its first paragraph a flash of the steely impatience that MSdirects at flawed humanity.
Scurr, Ruth. “Sins against the Holy Spirit”. Times Literary Supplement, pp. 21 - 2.
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While most reviews were respectful,...
Reception Muriel Spark
Graham Greene wrote to tell Spark that this was her best book since Memento Mori (as he was to do with several later titles as well).
Greene, Graham. Graham Greene. A Life in Letters. Greene, RichardEditor , Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
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Reviews were mixed, many sounding baffled. While admirers...

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