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 — 70,171 ratings — published 1990 — 134 editions
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The Children's Book

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Angels and Insects

3.65 avg rating — 5,248 ratings — published 1992 — 44 editions
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Ragnarok

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The Djinn in the Nightingal...

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The Virgin in the Garden

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The Matisse Stories

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Babel Tower

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Still Life

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Little Black Book of Stories

3.80 avg rating — 2,480 ratings — published 2003 — 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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Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, 159 pages, 1956
 
  82 votes, 26.7%

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, 233 pages, 1932
 
  81 votes, 26.4%

The Secret History by Donna Tartt, 559 pages, 1992
 
  72 votes, 23.5%

Possession by A.S. Byatt, 555 pages, 1990
 
  40 votes, 13.0%

 
  32 votes, 10.4%

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