Title Profile & Character Information

Possession

Annotation
National Bestseller
 
Winner of England’s Booker Prize and the literary sensation of the year,Possessionis 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 uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire—from spiritualist séances to the fairy-haunted far west of Brittany—what emerges is an extraordinary counterpoint of passions and ideas. 

An exhilarating novel of wit and romance, an intellectual mystery, and a triumphant love story. This tale of a pair of young scholars researching the lives of two Victorian poets became a huge bookseller favorite, and then on to national bestellerdom.

Awards
1990  Man Booker Prize for Fiction


Author Notes
  A. S. Byatt is famed for her short fiction, collected in Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, and The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye. Her full-length novels include the Booker Prize-winning Possession and the trilogy sequence of novels The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, and Babel Tower. She has also published four volumes of critical work, of which Imagining Characters is the most recent. She lives in London.
Characters
NameBailey, Maud
GenderFemale
OccupationResearcher
TraitsScholar
Academic

NameMichell, Roland
GenderMale
OccupationResearcher
TraitsScholar
Academic

GenreLiterary
Love story
Mystery
    --Academic
    --Literary
Fiction
TopicsManuscripts
Poets
Secrets
Infidelity
Love affairs
Self-discovery
Redemptive love
SettingEngland