'They Are and Were There': On Byatt's Possession
Forthcoming, Social Research
5 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 16, 2017
How well can anyone know a historical figure? How well can one person know another? What really matters? This essay explores those questions as explored in A.S. Byatt’s masterpiece, Possession. A novel or a romance will not give crisp answers to such questions, but Byatt’s answers, at once life-affirming and heartbreaking, are the right ones.
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