Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once a literary detective novel and a captivating love story. It is the tale of a pair of young scholars investigating the lives of two Victorian poets. Following a trail of letters, journals and poems they uncover a web of passion, deceit and tragedy, and their quest becomes a battle against time.
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Inspired by her own obsession with poet Robert Browning, British writer A.S. Byatt dreamt up this stunningly clever novel about two modern-day scholars swept away by the discovery of a secret relationship between two revered Victorians. As browbeaten post-doctoral researcher Roland Mitchell and glamorous professor Maud Bailey work to unravel the mysterious bond between the literary figures they’ve devoted their lives to studying—poets Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte—they discover a renewed sense of purpose … and unexpected passion. Byatt’s 1990 Booker Prize winner is a timeless pleasure, bursting with witty observations about academic ambition and modern love, beauteous writing and astonishing imagination.
Two contemporary scholars, each studying one of two Victorian poets, reconstruct their subjects' secret extramarital affair through poems, journal entries, letters and modern scholarly analysis of the period. PW called this Booker Prize winner ``an ambitious and wholly satisfying work, a nearly perfect novel.''