Possession: A Romance

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Vintage Books, 1990 - Fiction - 555 pages
103 Reviews
National Bestseller

Winner of England’s Booker Prize and the literary sensation of the year,Possessionis 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 sťances 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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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A love story and a story about literary sleuthing into another love story. Though I tried to read all the poems in this book, one could just as easily pretty much skip over it all and still get a lot ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stevil2001 - LibraryThing

Never has literary research been so exciting. That sounds flip, but I mean it. Obviously Byatt has a bit of advantage in depicting a group of people doing archival work-- close readings would maybe be ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
12
Section 4
26
Section 5
40
Section 6
77
Section 7
103
Section 8
125
Section 17
314
Section 18
324
Section 19
332
Section 20
358
Section 21
414
Section 22
438
Section 23
446
Section 24
452

Section 9
142
Section 10
166
Section 11
173
Section 12
221
Section 13
229
Section 14
260
Section 15
285
Section 16
297
Section 25
466
Section 26
480
Section 27
503
Section 28
517
Section 29
529
Section 30
556
Section 31
558
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About the author (1990)

A.S. Byatt is the author of the novels Possession (winner of the Booker Prize in 1990), The Game, and the sequence The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, and Babel Tower. She has also written two novellas, published together as Angels and Insects, and four collections of shorter works, including The Matisse Stories and The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye. Educated at Cambridge, she was a senior lecturer in English at University College, London, before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. A distinguished critic as well as a novelist, she lives in London.

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