Passions of the Mind: Selected Writings
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Passions of the Mind: Selected Writings

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Whether she is writing about George Eliot or Sylvia Plath; Victorian spiritual malaise or Toni Morrison; mythic strands in the novels of Iris Murdoch and Saul Bellow; politics behind the popularity of Barbara Pym or the ambitions that underlie her own fiction, Byatt manages to be challenging, entertaining, and unflinchingly committed to the alliance of literature and life.
ebook, 352 pages
Published April 25th 2012 by Vintage (first published 1990)
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Chris
Byatt writes her criticism as if she is speaking to you. The essays in this collection are all good and enterating. I enjoyed the ones about Browning, Ford, Coleridge and Van Gogh. Now, I want to re-read the books she talked about.

Of more interest to me was her essay about judging the TLS poetry competition. The essay deals with how to teaching writing and her remarks about how writing should be taught stuck a chord.
Garnette
May 12, 2008 Garnette rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: my daughter
Perfectly named book about AS Byatt's own mind as well as the minds of George Eliot and the section she calls: The Female Voice (Cather, Bowen, Plath, Toni Morrison even Georgette Heyer, despite Germaine Greer's ferious dis). I especially liked her attack on Barbara Pym, although I could only stomach two Pyms, I agree with Byatt. I skimmed a lot of the Mind book: not interested or appalled by Freud, post-modernist and post-(WWII)fiction. This is a wonderful book of collected essays by a writer s...more
Granuaille
Maybe my humour when I started this; but too wordy at the time; and the topics demonstrated to me that I had not read serious literature in some time. I should try again sometime.
Alexandra
Read for the Georgette Heyer essay, which is quite good. Also, great essay on Willa Cather. Unfinished due to skipping essays whose subject matter I'm unfamiliar with.
anuradha menon
this set me off thinking about george eliot and victorian literature
Kathleen Valentine
A must-read for any writer.
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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 E...more
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