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Awards

1990 Booker Prize

Staff Pick

Byatt's use of language is lyrical and poignant. It drips from the pages like honey from a lover's tongue....Possession is the sheer essence of Byatt's work. She weaves the tale of a pair of literary scholars studying the lives of two Victorian poets. As the research progresses, their lives become more intertwined along with their interest and love of the work and, of course, each other. But, this is not your average romance. I remember the first time I came upon this book. I contemplated the subject matter without overwhelming enthusiasm. However, after reading a few chapters I became engrossed. It's not what she's writing about, but how she writes it.
Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com

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Winner of England's Booker Prize and the literary sensation of the year, Possession is 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 seances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany — what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas.

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 bookseller favorite, and then on to national bestellerdom.

Review:

"Gorgeously written ... dazzling ... a tour de force." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"What a book! This is a novel for every taste.... An altogether magical performance." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"A masterpiece of wordplay and adventure, a novel that compares with Stendhal and Joyce." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"A genuine winner ... original and unforgettable." Time

Review:

"The most dazzling novel of the year." USA Today

Synopsis:

National Bestseller

 

Winner of England’s Booker Prize and the literary sensation of the year, Possession is 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. 

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 bookseller favorite, and then on to national bestellerdom.

About the Author

A. S. Byatt is the author of The Biographer's Tale, Elementals, and the Booker Prize-winning novel Possession, among other books. She lives in London.

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valgal, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by valgal)
Byatt, as usual, creates a whole world of fully developed characters. Though they are at odds with each other, the reader comes to love them all. But the most astonishing feature of the book is the writer's tour de force in producing so many different voices and writing styles, letters, poetry and prose, ostensibly written by the various characters in the book. By the end, you want to read the books that are excerpted, but, darn! they aren't real...Luckily, it sounds like Ragnarok, her next tome, might be one of them. Can't wait!
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Trudy, February 1, 2010 (view all comments by Trudy)
Byatt is amazing. She has not only created unforgettable modern-day characters in her deft satire of academia, she has created writings in the voices of two fictional eminent Victorians. Each of story's many layers has a unique flavor, and their mingling results in a most delectable concoction.
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Mombilatta Windowshade, January 8, 2010 (view all comments by Mombilatta Windowshade)
Layers of discovery, the book reads like poetry in many ways. It is my all time favorite book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679735908
Author:
Byatt, A.S.
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
BYATT, A.S.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Collectors and collecting
Subject:
England
Subject:
Romance
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Movie-TV Tie-In
Subject:
Poets
Subject:
Manuscripts
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Poets, English
Subject:
Literary historians
Subject:
Poets, English -- Fiction.
Subject:
England Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
no. 683
Publication Date:
19911031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
28 x 13.4 x 4.6 in 24.1 lb

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Product details 576 pages Vintage - English 9780679735908 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Byatt's use of language is lyrical and poignant. It drips from the pages like honey from a lover's tongue....Possession is the sheer essence of Byatt's work. She weaves the tale of a pair of literary scholars studying the lives of two Victorian poets. As the research progresses, their lives become more intertwined along with their interest and love of the work and, of course, each other. But, this is not your average romance. I remember the first time I came upon this book. I contemplated the subject matter without overwhelming enthusiasm. However, after reading a few chapters I became engrossed. It's not what she's writing about, but how she writes it.

"Review" by , "Gorgeously written ... dazzling ... a tour de force."
"Review" by , "What a book! This is a novel for every taste.... An altogether magical performance."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece of wordplay and adventure, a novel that compares with Stendhal and Joyce."
"Review" by , "A genuine winner ... original and unforgettable."
"Review" by , "The most dazzling novel of the year."
"Synopsis" by , National Bestseller

 

Winner of England’s Booker Prize and the literary sensation of the year, Possession is 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. 

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 bookseller favorite, and then on to national bestellerdom.

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