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Loitering With Intent
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date June 1, 2001
Pages 217
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811214742
ISBN-10 0811214745
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $14.95
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
In mid-twentieth-century London, aspiring young writer Fleur Talbot becomes secretary to a motley group of egoists who are composing their memoirs in advance and uncovers material enough for any novelist, but is perplexed by the familiarity of their lives. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

Muriel Spark in prime form: one of her most enjoyable, complex, and instructive jeux d'esprit.

"How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices. Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world," as secretary to the peculiar Autobiographical Association. Mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance―or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case. But when its pompous director, Sir Quentin Oliver, steals the manuscript of Fleur's new novel, fiction begins to appropriate life. The association's members begin to act out scenes exactly as Fleur herself has already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end? "A delicious conundrum," The New Statesman called Loitering with Intent.

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Paperback
Book cover for 9780380709359 Book cover for 9780399506635 Book cover for 9780811214742 Book cover for 9780811223034
 
Reprint edition from New Directions (May 27, 2014)
9780811223034 | details & prices | 166 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $15.95
About: Where does art start or reality end?
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Reprint edition from New Directions (June 1, 2001)
9780811214742 | details & prices | 217 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $14.95
About: In mid-twentieth-century London, aspiring young writer Fleur Talbot becomes secretary to a motley group of egoists who are composing their memoirs in advance and uncovers material enough for any novelist, but is perplexed by the familiarity of their lives.
Reprint edition from Avon Books (March 1, 1990)
9780380709359 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $9.00
About: In mid-century London, aspiring young writer Fleur Talbot becomes secretary to a motley group of egotists who are composing their memoirs in advance and uncovers material enough for any novelist, but is perplexed by the familiarity of their lives
from Putnam Pub Group (November 1, 1982)
9780399506635 | details & prices | 217 pages | List price $1.98
About: "How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780786194322
 
With Nadia May (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (September 1, 2002)
9780786194322 | details & prices | 6.50 × 6.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $36.00
About: "How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices.
Cassette/Spoken Word
With Nadia May (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (August 1, 2002)
9780786123162 | details & prices | 7.00 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $32.95

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