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Winner of England’s Booker Prize and the literary sensation of 1991, “Possession” (Vintage) by A. S. Byatt remains an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire — from spiritualist séances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany — what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.
Described by the publisher as “an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, an intellectual mystery, and a triumphant love story,” this tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets became a huge international seller.
A. S. Byatt is, of course, Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE, an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper (London) named her on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
In Examiner’s opinion, her most recent novel, “Ragnarok: The End of the Gods,” published in 2011, is linguistically stunning and imaginatively abundant, a landmark work of fiction from one of the world’s truly great writers. Also highly recommended, but read “Possession” first.
1964 The Shadow of the Sun , Chatto & Windus
1965 Degrees of Freedom: The Early Novels of Iris Murdoch , Chatto & Windus
1967 The Game , Chatto & Windus
1970 Wordsworth and Coleridge in Their Time, Nelson
1976 Iris Murdoch: A Critical Study, Longman
1978 The Virgin in the Garden , Chatto & Windus
1985 Still Life , Chatto & Windus
1987 Sugar and Other Stories , Chatto & Windus
1989 Unruly Times: Wordsworth and Coleridge, Poetry and Life, Hogarth Press
1990 George Eliot: Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writings (editor with Nicholas Warren), Penguin
1990 Possession: A Romance , Chatto & Windus
1991 Passions of the Mind: Selected Writings , Chatto & Windus
1992 Angels & Insects , Chatto & Windus
1993 The Matisse Stories , Chatto & Windus
1994 The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye , Chatto & Windus
1995 Imagining Characters: Six Conversations about Women Writers (with Ignes Sodre), Chatto & Windus
1995 New Writing Volume 4 (editor with Alan Hollinghurst), Vintage
1997 Babel Tower , Chatto & Windus
1997 New Writing Volume 6 (editor with Peter Porter), Vintage
1998 Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice , Chatto & Windus
1998 Oxford Book of English Short Stories (editor), Oxford University Press
2000 On Histories and Stories: Selected Essays , Chatto & Windus
2000 The Biographer’s Tale , Chatto & Windus
2001 Portraits in Fiction , Chatto & Windus
2001 The Bird Hand Book (with photographs by Victor Schrager), Graphis Inc. (New York)
2002 A Whistling Woman , Chatto & Windus
2003 Little Black Book of Stories , Chatto & Windus
2009 The Children’s Book , Chatto & Windus
2011 Ragnarok: The End of the Gods , Canongate
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