The first page from Muriel Spark's diary, 1963.
Muriel Spark's 1963 diary shows her address at the Beaux-Arts Hotel, home for most of her time in New York.
Cheques made out for her rent at the Beaux-Arts, as well as Paul's Limousine Service, Bergdorf Goodman, and Pan Am give a flavour of her life at the time.
Spark's address book highlights her friendships. They included the renowned writers James Baldwin, W H Auden, Norman Mailer, Shirley Hazzard, and John Updike.
Her diary entry for 30 November 1965 reads cryptically 'leaving with Al Q Mary'. The accompanying telegram from her publisher Blanche Knopf reveals this 'glorious trip' to be Spark returning to London aboard the Queen Mary with her editor from Macmillan, Alan 'Al' Maclean.
Spark’s diary lists a busy day on Monday 13 June 1966: a hair appointment at Elizabeth Arden at 10.30am, a French lesson at 3pm, and dinner at 7.15pm with Alfred Knopf, husband of Blanche.