A.S. Byatt, British author and writer of Booker Prize-winning ‘Possession,’ dies at 87


British author A.S. Byatt, the writer of award-winning, bestselling novels together with “Possession” and “The Youngsters’s Guide,” has died.

Byatt’s writer Chatto & Windus introduced on Friday that the writer “died peacefully at dwelling surrounded by shut household” on Thursday. No reason behind dying was revealed. She was 87.

“A woman from Sheffield with a powerful European sensibility… Antonia had a outstanding thoughts which produced a novel inventive imaginative and prescient,” Chatto & Windus, a British imprint of Penguin Random Home, mentioned in its assertion.

The writer was born Antonia Susan Drabble on Aug. 24, 1936, and revealed her first novel, “The Shadow of a Solar,” in 1964. Byatt additionally wrote essays, novellas and quick tales.

She is greatest identified for “Possession,” which was revealed in 1990. The novel follows two teachers as they chart the unknown romance between two well-known Victorian poets. In The Instances, the novelist Carolyn See reviewed the e-book and deemed it “a masterpiece of wordplay and journey, a sampler of types, a quilt of scholarly strategies and a novel that compares with each Stendahl and Joyce.” “Possession” received the Booker Prize for fiction the 12 months it was revealed. Upon receiving the distinction, Byatt quipped that she would spend the prize cash “on a swimming pool in her dwelling within the South of France,” based on the award’s web site.

“Possession” was later tailored right into a 2002 movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart. Neil LaBute directed the film. The Oscar-nominated movie “Angels & Bugs,” directed by Philip Haas, was additionally an adaptation of Byatt’s 1992 novella “Morpho Eugenia” and starred Mark Rylance.

Most just lately, Byatt’s quick story assortment “The Djinn within the Nightingale’s Eye” obtained the Hollywood remedy. In 2022, “Mad Max” director George Miller tailored that story into “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba.

Byatt’s physique of labor additionally consists of 4 novels often called the Frederica Quartet. Comprising the collection of novels are “The Virgin within the Backyard,” “Nonetheless Life,” “Babel Tower” and “A Whistling Girl.” She additionally authored “The Youngsters’s Guide,” which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2009.

Her most up-to-date publication was “Medusa’s Ankles: Chosen Tales,” launched in 2021.

For her work in literature, Byatt was additionally appointed Commander of the British Empire in 1990, and Dame of the British Empire in 1999

The writer married economist Ian Byatt in 1959, they usually had a son, who died in an accident, and a daughter. They divorced in 1969, and he or she remarried to Peter Duffy, and welcomed two daughters. She was the eldest of 4 youngsters. Her siblings had been “The Milestone” novelist Margaret Drabble — with whom she had a strained relationship — artwork historian Helen Langdon, and barrister Richard Drabble.

Upon accepting the Booker Prize in 1990, Byatt admitted she had satisfied herself “completely to the purpose of despair that I used to be not going to win after which turned desirous about everyone [else’s works].”

“The Booker Prize does, I feel, promote studying. It triggered individuals to get very excited, not solely in regards to the books that get shortlisted however about all these very, superb books which ought to be shortlisted and weren’t,” she mentioned. “Possession,” she added, “was written on a form of excessive, after stopping being educational in regards to the pleasure of studying.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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