A.S. Byatt





A.S. Byatt

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in Sheffield, Yorkshire, The United Kingdom
August 24, 1936

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A.S. Byatt (Antonia Susan Byatt) is internationally known for her novels and short stories. Her novels include the Booker Prize-winning Possession, The Biographer’s Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, and her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye, Elementals and her most recent book Little Black Book of Stories. A distinguished critic as well as a writer of fiction, A S Byatt was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.

BYATT, Dame Antonia (Susan), (Dame Antonia Duffy), DBE 1999 (CBE 1990); FRSL 1983; Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), 2003 , writer; born 24 Aug. 1936;

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Average rating: 3.83 · 171,866 ratings · 9,847 reviews · 47 distinct works · Similar authors
Possession
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 44,703 ratings — published 1990 — 87 editions
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The Children's Book
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 9,587 ratings — published 2009 — 43 editions
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Angels and Insects
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 3,594 ratings — published 1992 — 35 editions
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The Djinn in the Nightingal...
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 2,011 ratings — published 1994 — 15 editions
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The Virgin in the Garden
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 2,000 ratings — published 1978 — 21 editions
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Babel Tower
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,915 ratings — published 1996 — 23 editions
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Still Life
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,539 ratings — published 1985 — 14 editions
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Ragnarok
3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 2,145 ratings — published 2011 — 34 editions
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The Matisse Stories
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,536 ratings — published 1991 — 25 editions
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Little Black Book of Stories
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,624 ratings — published 2003 — 13 editions
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“No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.”
A.S. Byatt, Possession

“They took to silence. They touched each other without comment and without progression. A hand on a hand, a clothed arm, resting on an arm. An ankle overlapping an ankle, as they sat on a beach, and not removed. One night they fell asleep, side by side... He slept curled against her back, a dark comma against her pale elegant phrase.”
A.S. Byatt, Possession

“What is it my dear?"

Ah, how can we bear it?"

Bear what?"

This. For so short a time. How can we sleep this time away?"

We can be quiet together, and pretend - since it is only the beginning - that we have all the time in the world."

And every day we shall have less. And then none."

Would you rather, therefore, have had nothing at all?"

No. This is where I have always been coming to. Since my time began. And when I go away from here, this will be the mid-point, to which everything ran, before, and from which everything will run. But now, my love, we are here, we are now, and those other times are running elsewhere.”
A.S. Byatt, Possession

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