A. S. Byatt

Byatt, A. S.

A. S. Byatt: (Antonia Susan Byatt) (bī´ət), 1936–, British novelist; sister of Margaret Drabble. Educated at Cambridge, Bryn Mawr College, Pa., and Oxford, she is a noted critic and novelist whose work is erudite, subtle, and passionate. Her best-known novel, Possession (1989)—at once a mystery, a work of Victorian literary scholarship, a romance, and a philosophical inquiry into the nature of love—won the Booker Prize. Byatt's other fiction includes a quartet of novels, The Virgin in the Garden (1978), Still-Life (1985), Babel Tower (1996), and A Whistling Woman (2002), centered around a Yorkshire family and exploring modern English life. Her novella Angels and Insects (1992) and her novel The Biographer's Tale (2001) both examine Victorian times with a contemporary sensibility, while her sweeping later novel, The Children's Book (2009), tells of a writer, her family, and the wider world during years from the late 19th cent. through World War I. Byatt is also known for studies of Iris Murdoch (1965, 1976) and other literary essays, e.g., Passions of the Mind (1992) and On Histories and Stories (2000); short stories, e.g., Matisse Stories (1993), Elementals (1999), and Little Black Book of Stories (2004); and fairy tales (1997).

See studies by K. C. Kelly (1996), A. Alfer and M. J. Noble, ed. (2001), C. Franken (2001), L. Hadley (2008), and L. Steveler (2009).

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"What's in a Word?" Possessing A.S. Byatt's Meronymic Novel
Shinn, Thelma J.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 31, No. 2, Spring 1995
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"This Is Not Science. This Is Storytelling": The Place of the Individual and the Community in A.S. Byatt's Possession and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia (1)
Martyniuk, Irene.
CLIO, Vol. 33, No. 3, Spring 2004
The Possession of Paradise: A. S. Byatt's Reinscription of Milton
Colon, Susan E.
Christianity and Literature, Vol. 53, No. 1, Autumn 2003
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The Contemporary British Novel
James Acheson; Sarah C.E. Ross.
Edinburgh University Press, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "Desire for Syzygy in the Novels of A. S. Byatt"
The Author as Character: Representing Historical Writers in Western Literature
Paul Franssen; Ton Hoenselaars.
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "The Gender of Mourning: A. S. Byatt's 'The Conjugal Angel' and Alfred Lord Tennyson's In Memoriam" begins on p. 243
The Double Voice of Metaphor: A. S. Byatt's "Morpho Eugenia"
Hansson, Heidi.
Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 45, No. 4, Winter 1999
Women Shapeshifters: Transforming the Contemporary Novel
Thelma J. Shinn.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Repossessing the Romance: Antonia Susan Byatt"
Something of the Eternal: A.S. Byatt and Vincent Van Gogh
Sorensen, Sue.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 37, No. 1, March 2004
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"I Am My Own Riddle"- A. S. Byatt's Christabel LaMotte: Emily Dickinson and Melusina
Chinn, Nancy.
Papers on Language & Literature, Vol. 37, No. 2, Spring 2001
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The Columbia History of the British Novel
John J. Richetti; John Bender; Deirdre David; Michael Seidel.
Columbia University Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Drabble to Carter: Fiction by Women, 1962-1992" begins on p. 939
Modern British Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide
Vicki K. Janik; Del Ivan Janik.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "A.S. Byatt 1936-" begins on p. 56
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