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Possession (1990) [Novel]
by A. S. Byatt Rating: Weighted - 7.8 / Average - 7.9 of 10 (7 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

The novel traces a pair of young academics—Roland Michell and Maud Bailey—as they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Interwoven in a mesmerizing pastiche are love letters and fairytales, extracts from biographies and scholarly accounts, creating a sensuous and utterly delightful novel of ideas and passions.

Original title: Possession: A Romance
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalEuropean
FictionGeneral FictionBooks, Scholars, And Librarians
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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     Glass Coffin, the (1990) [Short Story]
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     Gode's Story (1990) [Short Story]
      Author: A. S. Byatt


  • The cover illustration is from a classic painting of Merlin and Nimue, "The Beguiling of Merlin" by Edward Burne-Jones (c. 1870)

Edition #1: Possession

Possession (1990)
Awards: Irish Times International Fiction Prize (1990)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Dazzling, substantian and impressive a storytelling achievement as the ample heritage of the eminent Victorians themselves." Boston Globe
  • "Brilliant...A novel like Possession, which is both a mystery and a love story, and is also reassuringly complex and allusive, is a rarety...[a] feat of human ingenuity." Diane Johnson, The New York Review of Books
  • "More heartfelt and more fun to read than The Name of the Rose...Its prankish verve [and] monstrous richness of detail [make for] a one-woman variety show of literary styles and types....What is finest in Possession is what the artist illuminates about those, including herself, who love the word." Judith Thurman, New Yorker
  • "A. S. Byatt takes the passion and psyche-searching of a 19th century novel and molds it into a detective story to create a literary thriller....A work of reflecting mirrors and twisting intrigues, Byatt's sometimes biting prose...becomes a page-turning flood of emotion." New York Newsday
  • "An exhilerating, virtuosis exploration of the many ways language has of speaking...[Byatt] ingeniously juxtaposes the previous century with the hothouse world of the conemporary academy [and] puts all her linguistic and parodic skills on display...[a] tour de force." New Republic
  • "An altogether convincing literary lushly sensuous in detail as a pre-Raphaelite painting yet wonderfully entertaining." Joyce Carol Oates
  • "[A] wonderfully two-tiered mystery of letters, the most craftily constructed conjunction of Victorian and modern styles since The French Lieutenant's Woman...[Byatt's] elaborate creations of poetry, correspondence, and journals in Victorian style are vivid....You will be transfixed." People
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Manifested in:

Possession (1991)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage International
ISBN: 0679735909
Pages: 555

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