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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 Whipple
Two contemporary scholars, each studying one of two Victorian poets, reconstruct their subjects' secret extramarital affair through poems, journal entries, letters and modern scholarly analysis of the period. PW called this Booker Prize winner "an ambitious and wholly satisfying work, a nearly perfect novel."
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A.S. Byatt proves that she is well-deserving of her famous double-starred first at Cambridge. The lady can write literature and write <i> about </i> literature all while... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Christin M. Mulligan
Excellent story. Rich vibrant language. Best book I have read in years. RobPublished 2 months ago by robmohr
A.S.Byatt is first rate. This is such an intriguing book It interweaves a slowly developing love story amid Victorian poetry and a mystery involving a famous long-dead Victorian... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Meg
This is an engrossing, imaginative and sometimes breathtaking work. It tells the story of two couples -- 19th century poets, and contemporary literary researchers. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C H Miller