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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"Literary critics make natural detectives," says Maud Bailey, heroine of a mystery where the clues lurk in university libraries, old letters, and dusty journals. Together with Roland Michell, a fellow academic and accidental sleuth, Maud discovers a love affair between the two Victorian writers the pair has dedicated their lives to studying: Randolph Ash, a literary great long assumed to be a devoted and faithful husband, and Christabel La Motte, a lesser-known "fairy poetess" and chaste spinster. At first, Roland and Maud's discovery threatens only to alter the direction of their research, but as they unearth the truth about the long-forgotten romance, their involvement becomes increasingly urgent and personal. Desperately concealing their purpose from competing researchers, they embark on a journey that pulls each of them from solitude and loneliness, challenges the most basic assumptions they hold about themselves, and uncovers their unique entitlement to the secret of Ash and La Motte's passion.
Winner of the 1990 Booker Prize--the U.K.'s highest literary award--Possession is a gripping and compulsively readable novel. A.S. Byatt exquisitely renders a setting rich in detail and texture. Her lush imagery weaves together the dual worlds that appear throughout the novel--the worlds of the mind and the senses, of male and female, of darkness and light, of truth and imagination--into an enchanted and unforgettable tale of love and intrigue. --Lisa WhippleFrom the Back Cover:
“It is a great, shaggy, generous, polysyllabic, triple-decker beast of a book and I haven’t read anything in an age I’ve enjoyed so much. Nor have I sat into the small hours turning the pages of a manuscript in execrable computer print, with such risk to my eyes, already weakened, weakened still further by the Swiss lights because I simply had to get to the end of it. It is the mixture of ideas, cunning, fairy tales, humour - the clever way she interweaves natural history, romance, poems, porches, table tapping and even, I think, Rapunzel; and it is also so funny, in two centuries, at once! I believe it’s the best thing she has done. Christabel and Ash, Roland and Maud come off the page bewitchingly.” – Christopher Hope
“A massive, complex story about a literary mystery which turns into an emotional voyage of discovery... The novel is a triumphant success on every level - as a critique of Victorian poetry, an unbearably moving love story and a satire on the modern ‘Biography Industry’.” – Cosmopolitan
“Byatt has contrived a masterly ending to a fine work; intelligent, ingenious and humane, Possession bids fair to be looked back upon as one of the most memorable novels of the 1990s.” – TLS
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Book Description Vintage. 1 Paperback(s), 1990. soft. Book Condition: New. (Winner of the 1990 Booker Prize) A.S. Byatt's exhilarating novel of wit and romance is both an intellectual mystery and love story that echoes in the past and the present. Two young scholars in modern Britain, Roland Michell and Maud Bailey, research the lives of Victorian poets Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte, who may have had a love affair. Byatt tells their stories in parallel, including letters, journals, and poems, creating an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas that is also delicious literary fun. "It is a great, shaggy, generous, polysyllabic, triple-decker beast of a book and I haven't read anything in an age I've enjoyed so much. It is the mixture of ideas, cunning, fairy tales, humour—the clever way she interweaves natural history, romance, poems, porches, table tapping and even, I think, Rapunzel; and it is also so funny, in two centuries, at once! I believe it's the best thing she has done. Christabel and Ash, Roland and Maud come off the page bewitchingly."—Christopher Hope 555. Bookseller Inventory # 52283
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