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At the staid Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh Scotland Miss Jean Brodie--teacher extraordinaire--is unmistakably and outspokenly in her prime She is passionate in the application of her unorthodox teaching methods in her attraction to the married art master Teddy Lloyd in her affair with the bachelor music master Gordon Lowther and--most importantly--in her dedication to her girls And her girls--the students she selects to be her creme de la creme--are devoted to Miss Brodie Each member of the Brodie set--Eunice Jenny Mary Monica Rose and Sandy--is famous for something and Miss Brodie strives to bring out the best in each and to instill in each an independence passion and ambition surpassing her own Safety does not come first Miss Brodie advises her girls Goodness Truth and Beauty come first Follow me And they do But one of her girls will betray her Miss Brodie has opponents the thrilling senior science teacher Miss Lockhart Miss Gaunt sister of a strict Calvinist minister other members of the Marcia Blaine faculty and the persevering headmistress Miss Mackay Miss Mackay orthodox and traditionalist in her educational principles is determined to rid her school of Miss Brodie but is repeatedly stymied The time is the 1930s And Miss Brodie apparently unaware that many might find unacceptable her outspoken admiration for Mussolini and Hitler revels in exploits and shares her prime only to become a victim of her own irrepressible exuberance In this perfect book Chicago Tribune Muriel Spark probes with consummate compressed artistry the halcyon years of a remarkable woman whose intelligence wit imagination charm and elegance--however misguided at times however fatal--match those of her creator
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