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Creator, critic, and poet A.S. Byatt dies aged 87


The novelist and short-story author received the 1990 Booker Prize, in addition to many different accolades for her 24 novels and works of criticism. She was made a dame in 1999.

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Acclaimed British writer A.S. Byatt, who received the 1990 Booker Prize for her best-selling romance novel Possession: A Romance, has died on the age of 87, her writer introduced on Friday, November 17.

Byatt, additionally a poet, short-story author and critic, died “peacefully at house surrounded by shut household,” Penguin Random Home stated. The writer hailed her as “one of the crucial important writers and critics of our time.”

The novelist – who was additionally shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2009 for The Youngsters’s E-book – was made a dame in 1999. Different accolades throughout her profession, which produced 24 novels and works of criticism, included profitable the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. She was awarded the Erasmus Prize in 2016, for her “inspiring contribution to life writing,” and the Pak Kyongni Prize in 2017. In 2018 she obtained the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award.

Clara Farmer, her writer at Chatto & Windus, an imprint of Penguin Random Home, stated her books have been “probably the most fantastic jewel packing containers of tales and concepts.” “Her compulsion to write down (A4 blue pocket book all the time handy) and her capacity to create intricate skeins of narrative was outstanding,” she added. “We mourn her loss however it’s a consolation to know that her penetrating works will dazzle, shine and refract within the minds of readers for generations to return.”

Educated at Cambridge College, Byatt taught on the Central Faculty of Artwork and Design, and was a lecturer in English at College School, London, between 1972 and 1984, earlier than returning to full-time writing. Her books have been translated into dozens of languages.

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