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A. S. Byatt’s beloved novel—winner of the Booker Prize and an international best seller—is a spellbinding intellectual mystery and an utterly transfixing love story.

Roland Michell and Maud Bailey are young academics in the 1980s researching the lives of two Victorian literary figures: the major poet Randolph Henry Ash and the lesser-known “fairy poetess” Christabel LaMotte. After coming across hints of a long-buried and potentially explosive secret in the poets’ letters and journals, Maud and Roland join forces to track their subjects’ movements from London to Yorkshire to Brittany, tracing clues embedded in poems and hunting down evidence in dusty archives and in a freshly opened grave. Their eagerness to uncover the truth draws the two lonely scholars together, but what they discover will have implications they could not have imagined.    

 

An extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas, POSSESSION is woven throughout with invented historical documents and poetry of dazzling richness and depth, bringing Byatt’s Victorian characters vividly to life. The result is both a gripping story and a brilliant exploration of the nature of love and obsession—and of what we can know about the past.

Book Jacket Status: Jacketed

Introduction by Philip Hensher

About the Author

A. S. Byatt is famed for her short fiction, collected in Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, and The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye. Her full-length novels include the Booker Prize-winning Possession and the trilogy sequence The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, and Babel Tower.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375712357
Author:
Byatt, A. S.
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Author:
BYATT, A.S.
Author:
Hensher, Philip
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Romance - General
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Subject:
fiction;romance;historical fiction;novel;poetry;literature;england;british;academia;booker prize;20th century;victorian;mystery;historical;literary fiction;love;19th century;poets;contemporary;contemporary fiction;british literature;literary;english;booke
Subject:
fiction;romance;historical fiction;novel;poetry;literature;england;british;academia;booker prize;mystery;victorian;20th century;historical;literary fiction;love;19th century;poets;contemporary fiction;contemporary;british literature;literary;english;histo
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
568
Dimensions:
8.29 x 5.29 x 1.26 in 1.34 lb

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