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 winner 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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Possession

3.89 avg rating — 65,185 ratings — published 1990 — 44 editions
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The Children's Book

3.67 avg rating — 13,675 ratings — published 2009 — 53 editions
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Angels and Insects

3.65 avg rating — 4,971 ratings — published 1992 — 40 editions
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The Djinn in the Nightingal...

3.87 avg rating — 2,885 ratings — published 1994 — 21 editions
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Ragnarok

3.49 avg rating — 4,113 ratings — published 2011 — 50 editions
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The Virgin in the Garden

3.71 avg rating — 2,789 ratings — published 1978 — 26 editions
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The Matisse Stories

3.75 avg rating — 2,363 ratings — published 1991 — 30 editions
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Babel Tower

3.82 avg rating — 2,485 ratings — published 1996 — 27 editions
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Little Black Book of Stories

3.80 avg rating — 2,362 ratings — published 2003 — 4 editions
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Still Life

3.85 avg rating — 2,057 ratings — published 1985 — 18 editions
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“I cannot let you burn me up, nor can I resist you. 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

“No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed.”
A.S. Byatt, Possession

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October 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
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  48 votes, 15.1%

The Trial by Franz Kafka, 255 pgs, 1925
 
  45 votes, 14.2%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 448 pg, 1969
 
  42 votes, 13.2%

 
  27 votes, 8.5%

 
  22 votes, 6.9%

Howards End by E.M. Forster, 246 pgs, 1910
 
  18 votes, 5.7%

Possession by A.S. Byatt, 555 pgs, 1990
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 127 pages, 1923
 
  15 votes, 4.7%

Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym, 186 pages, 1977
 
  12 votes, 3.8%

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, 367 pgs, 1984 & 1993
 
  8 votes, 2.5%

 
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