Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Front CoverNovel, movie, and Victorian-poet aficiandos––I recently had a weekend of gratifying Netflix movie watching. Included was a well-done movie titled "Possession." I've attached a few reviews of it, the novel, and the novel's author for your information. I encourage you to see the movie, which I've learned took several departure's from A. S. Byatt's intricate literary romance.

 Winner of England's Booker Prize (1990) and 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 uncover their letters, journals, and poems, and track their movements from London to Yorkshire -- from spiritualist seances 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 rose to national bestsellerdom.  review by Goodreads.

Time Magazine included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. In 2003 the novel was listed on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

MOVIE: The movie adaptation (2002) stars Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam, Jennifer Ehle, and Gwyneth Paltrow. It was directed by Neil LaBute, with music by Loreen McKennett.

AUTHOR: There is far more to read about this British author. I leave you with a few sites that more  fully explore her person and talent.
A. S. Byatt     Poets Forum