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A. S. Byatt

A. S. Byatt is the author of numerous novels, including The Children’s Book, The Biographer’s Tale, and Possession, which was awarded the Booker Prize. She has also written two novellas, published together as Angels & Insects, five collections of short stories, and several works of nonfiction. Byatt is a distinguished critic and author, and the recipient of the 2016 Erasmus Prize for her “inspiring contribution to ‘life writing.’” She lives in London.

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The Arabian Nights
Translated by Richard Burton, Introduction by A. S. Byatt
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2001
$17.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75675-7 (0-375-75675-2)

Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Shahrazad, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Shahrazad always withheld the ending... Read more






The Arabian Nights
Translated by Richard Burton, Introduction by A. S. Byatt
Modern Library | Paperback | June 2004
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7214-6 (0-8129-7214-7)

Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Shahrazad, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Shahrazad always withheld the ending... Read more






Angels & Insects
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1994
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75134-2 (0-679-75134-3)

In these breathtaking novellas, A.S. Byatt returns to the territory she explored in Possession: the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion. Angels and Insects is "delicate and confidently ironic... Byatt perfectly blends laughter and sympathy [with] extraordinary... Read more






Babel Tower
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$20.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73680-6 (0-679-73680-8)

At the heart of Babel Tower are two law cases, twin strands of the Establishment's web, that shape the story: a painful divorce and custody suit and the prosecution of an "obscene" book. Frederica, the independent young heroine, is involved in both. She startled her intellectual circle of friends by marrying... Read more






The Biographer's Tale
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 2001
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-72508-1 (0-375-72508-3)

From the award-winning author of Possession comes an ingenious novel about love and literary sleuthing: a dazzling fiction woven out of one man’s search for fact.

Here is the story of Phineas G. Nanson, a disenchanted graduate student who decides to escape the world of postmodern literary theory and immerse himself in... Read more






The Children's Book
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2010
$17.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47306-6 (0-307-47306-6)

From the Booker Prize-winning, bestselling author of Possession: a deeply affecting story of a singular family.
 
When children’s book author Olive Wellwood’s oldest son discovers a runaway named Philip sketching in the basement of a museum, she takes him into the storybook world of her family and friends. But the joyful bacchanals...

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The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 1998
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76222-5 (0-679-76222-1)

The magnificent title story of this collection of fairy tales for adults describes the strange and uncanny relationship between its extravagantly intelligent heroine--a world renowned scholar of the art of story-telling--and the marvelous being that lives in a mysterious bottle, found in a dusty shop in an Istanbul bazaar. As A.S... Read more






Elementals
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2000
$15.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70575-5 (0-375-70575-9)

From the booker Prize-winning author of Possession comes this richly imaginitive story collection that transports the reader to a world where opposites--passion and loneliness, betrayal and loyalty, fire and ice--clash and converge.

A beautiful ice maiden risks her life when she falls in love with a desert prince, whose passionate touches scorch... Read more






The Game
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 1992
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74256-2 (0-679-74256-5)

The Game is a lush and disturbing novel portraying a sibling rivalry which compels the reader to reconsider the uses and misuses of imagination. when they were little girls, Cassandra and Julia played a game in which they entered an alternate world modeled on the landscapes of Arthurian romance. Now the... Read more






Imagining Characters
Written by A. S. Byatt and Ignes Sodre
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1997
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-77753-3 (0-679-77753-9)

In this innovative and wide-ranging book, Byatt and the psychoanalyst Ignes Sodre bring their different sensibilities to bear on six novels they have read and loved: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Bronte's Villette, George Elliot's Daniel Deronda, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, Iris Murdoch's An Unofficial Rose, and Toni Morrison's Beloved. The... Read more






Little Black Book of Stories
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2005
$15.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7560-7 (1-4000-7560-2)

Like Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, Isak Dinesen and Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt knows that fairy tales are for grownups. And in this ravishing collection she breathes new life into the form.

Little Black Book of Stories offers shivers along with magical thrills. Leaves rustle underfoot in a dark... Read more






The Matisse Stories
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1996
$13.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76223-2 (0-679-76223-X)

These three stories celebrate the eye even as they reveal its unexpected proximity to the heart. For if each of A.S. Byatt's narratives is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse, each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and feeling--about the ways in which a glance... Read more






Passions of the Mind
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1993
$17.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73678-3 (0-679-73678-6)

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... Read more






Peacock & Vine
Written by A. S. Byatt
Knopf | Hardcover | August 2016
$26.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-94747-0 (1-101-94747-0)

From the winner of the Booker Prize: A ravishing book that opens a window into the lives, designs, and passions of Mariano Fortuny and William Morris, two remarkable artists who themselves are passions of the writer A. S. Byatt.

Born a generation apart in the mid-1800s, Fortuny and Morris were seeming opposites... Read more






Possession
Written by A. S. Byatt, Introduction by Philip Hensher
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2013
$26.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71235-7 (0-375-71235-6)

A. S. Byatt’s beloved novel—winner of the Booker Prize and an international best seller—is a spellbinding intellectual mystery and an utterly transfixing love story.

Roland Michell and Maud Bailey are young academics in the 1980s researching the lives of two Victorian literary figures: the major poet Randolph Henry Ash and the...

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Possession
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 1991
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73590-8 (0-679-73590-9)

National Bestseller
 
Winner of England’s Booker Prize and the literary sensation of the year, Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and triumphant love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets. As they... Read more






Sugar and Other Stories
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 1992
$13.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-74227-2 (0-679-74227-1)

A.S. Byatt's short fictions, collected in paperback for the first time, explore the fragile ties between generations, the dizzying abyss of loss and the elaborate memories we construct against it, resulting in a book that compels us to inhabit other lives and returns us to our own with new knowledge, compassion... Read more






Vintage Byatt
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2004
$9.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7745-8 (1-4000-7745-1)

Fabulist, realist, critic, and winner of the Booker Prize for her now-classic novel Possession, A. S. Byatt has boundless intellectual and literary gifts and a fathomless imagination on which to nourish them. Her novels, stories, and essays allow us to see both our own and other worlds and times and, perhaps... Read more






The Virgin in the Garden
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1992
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73829-9 (0-679-73829-0)

The Virgin in the Garden is a wonderfully erudite entertainment in which enlightenment and sexuality, Elizabethan drama and contemporary comedy, intersect richly and unpredictably. Read more






A Whistling Woman
Written by A. S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2004
$17.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-77690-1 (0-679-77690-7)

A Whistling Woman portrays the antic, thrilling, and dangerous period of the late ‘60s as seen through the eyes of a woman whose life is forever changed by her times.

Frederica Potter, a smart, spirited 33-year-old single mother, lucks into a job hosting a groundbreaking television talk show based in London. Meanwhile... Read more






Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
Written by Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by John Tenniel, Introduction by A. S. Byatt
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | December 2002
$11.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-76138-6 (0-375-76138-1)

Introduction by A. S. Byatt
Illustrations by John Tenniel
Includes commissioned endnotes
 
Conceived by a shy British don on a golden afternoon to entertain ten-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass have delighted generations of readers in more than eighty languages. “The clue to the enduring fascination...

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Death Comes for the Archbishop
Written by Willa Cather, Introduction by A. S. Byatt
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | June 1992
$20.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-41319-6 (0-679-41319-7)

Introduction by A. S. Byatt

 

Willa Cather’s story of the missionary priest Father Jean Marie Latour and his work of faith in the wilderness of the Southwest is told with a spare but sensuous directness and profound artistry. When Latour arrives in 1851 in the territory of New Mexico, newly acquired by...

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Daniel Deronda
Written by George Eliot, Introduction by A. S. Byatt
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 2000
$30.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-41123-6 (0-375-41123-2)

George Eliot’s last and most unconventional novel is considered by many to be her greatest. First published in 1876, Daniel Deronda is a richly imagined epic with a mysterious hero at its heart.

Daniel Deronda, a high-minded young man searching for his path in life, finds himself drawn by a series of...

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Middlemarch
Written by George Eliot, Introduction by A. S. Byatt
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2000
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78331-2 (0-679-78331-8)

One of the most accomplished and prominent novels of the Victorian era, Middlemarch is an unsurpassed portrait of nineteenth-century English provincial life. Dorothea Brooke is a young woman of fervent ideals who yearns to effect social change yet faces resistance from the society she inhabits. In this epic in a small... Read more






The Mill on the Floss
Written by George Eliot, Introduction by A. S. Byatt
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143962-4 (0-14-143962-9)

Drawing on George Eliot's own childhood experiences to craft an unforgettable story of first love, sibling rivalry and regret, The Mill on the Floss is edited with an introduction and notes by A.S. Byatt, author of Possession, in Penguin Classics. Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom... Read more





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