A. S. Byatt

Antonia Susan Byatt (née Duffy) was born in Sheffield and was educated at two independent boarding schools, where she studied French, German, Latin, and English. She went on to attend Newnham College, Cambridge where she studied Italian so she could read Dante in the original, and Somerville College in Oxford. Before becoming a full-time writer, Byatt lectured at the Central School of Art and Design and University College London, among others. Her critical works include studies on Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Dame Iris Murdoch.

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A luminous and intricate meditation on the beauty and cruelty of love, Byatt's Booker Prize-winning masterpiece entwines two love stories – one between two Victorian poets and another between two scholars researching them – in spellbinding prose.

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Biography

Byatt’s creative work drew richly from literature and mythology, merging realism with fantasy and returning to the themes of family, rebellion, art, and the magic of narratives. Her first novel, Shadow of a Sun, was published in 1964, followed by The Game in 1967. Her luminous 1990 novel Possession – paralleling the emerging romance between two imaginary Victorian poets and two contemporary academics researching them – went on to win the Booker Prize and was adapted for the screen, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Ehle and Jeremy Norton in 2002. Byatt's other fiction includes her tetralogy of novels The Quartet, consisting of The Virgin in the Garden (1978), Still Life (1985), Babel Tower (1996) and A Whistling Woman (2002), as well as The Children’s Book (2009) and Ragnarok (2018).

In addition to her 1990 Booker Prize, Byatt won numerous literary accolades in her six-decade career, including the 1991 Commonwealth Writers Prize (also for Possession), the 2010 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her The Children's Book and in 2018 the prestigious Danish Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. Her work was translated into over thirty languages.

AS Byatt died on 17 November 2023 at the age of 87.

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