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A.S. Byatt

A.S. Byatt is internationally acclaimed as a novelist, short-story writer and critic. Her books include Possession and the quartet of The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman. She was appointed Dame of the British Empire in 1999.

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Villette
Written by Charlotte Bronte, Introduction by A.S. Byatt and Ignes Sodre
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$11.95/14.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-75850-8 (0-375-75850-X)


"Villette! Villette! Have you read it?" exclaimed George Eliot when Charlotte Brontë's final novel appeared in 1853. "It is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power."

Arguably Brontë's most refined and deeply felt work, Villette draws on her profound loneliness following the deaths... Read more






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
$9.95/11.95(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
$15.95/0.00(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
$14.95/0.00(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






Possession
Written by A.S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 1991
$16.00/0.00(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
$15.95/0.00(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
$10.00/11.00(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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Middlemarch
Written by George Eliot, Introduction by A.S. Byatt
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2000
$11.00/13.00(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 Fifth Queen
Written by Ford Madox Ford, Introduction by A.S. Byatt
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2011
$15.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-74491-3 (0-307-74491-4)

Ford Madox Ford’s novel about the doomed Katharine Howard, fifth queen of Henry VIII, is a neglected masterpiece.

Kat Howard—intelligent, beautiful, naively outspoken, and passionately idealistic—catches the eye of Henry VIII and improbably becomes his fifth wife. A teenager who has grown up far from court, she is wholly unused to the... Read more






The Bostonians
Written by Henry James, Introduction by A.S. Byatt
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | December 2003
$8.95/13.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6996-2 (0-8129-6996-0)

This brilliant satire of the women’s rights movement in America is the story of the ravishing inspirational speaker Verena Tarrant and the bitter struggle between two distant cousins who seek to control her. Will the privileged Boston feminist Olive Chancellor succeed in turning her beloved ward into a celebrated activist and... Read more





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