Possession, for which A.S. Byatt won England’s prestigious Booker Prize, was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1990. The novel traces a pair of young academics – Roland Michell and Maud Bailey – as they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Interwoven in a mesmerising pastiche are love letters and fairytales, extracts from biographies and scholarly accounts, creating a sensuous and utterly delightful novel of ideas and passions.With an introduction by the author that describes the novel’s origins and its twenty-year gestation, this Modern Library edition is a handsome keepsake for fans of Possession – new and old alike.
A. S. Byatt is the author of The Biographer's Tale, Elementals, and the Booker Prize-winning novel Possession, among other books. She lives in London.