“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” by Muriel Spark

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You’ve seen the movie, now read the book! “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” is Scottish novelist Muriel Spark’s best-known work, and in 2005 was named by Time magazine one of the hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to the present. The novel — or, rather, novella — is about a teacher who uses her own experiences and preferences to educate the young girls in her class. The character of the perpetually “in my prime” Jean Brodie was based on Spark’s own teacher, who encouraged her to be a writer.