Possession by A.S. Byatt

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Part historical as well as contemporary fiction, the title Possession refers to issues of ownership and independence between lovers, the practice of collecting historically significant cultural artifacts, and to the possession that a biographer feels of their subject. The novel incorporates many different styles and devices: diaries, letters and poetry, in addition to third-person narration. Possession is as concerned with the present day as it is with the Victorian era, pointing out the differences between the two time periods satirizing such things as modern academia and mating rituals.

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The 376th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 24th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  2. - 27th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
  3. - 49th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  4. - 94th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  5. - The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 (Flavor Wire)
  6. - Man Booker Prize (Man Booker Prize)
  7. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)

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