25 April 2013
AS Byatt on the fantasy author.
23 June 2011
When he woke, the room was full of light. It was a white room. The blinds were white but he never closed...
24 April 2006
Philip Roth is the great recorder of Darwinian Man - "unaccommodated man", who is no more than "a poor, bare, forked...
Dreams and reality. J M Barrie is often seen as a man in pursuit of an impossible eternal childhood. Yet what is most striking about his life is not the Peter Pan fantasies, but the series of real deaths that shaped it. By A S Byatt
11 July 2005
''All children, except one, grow up." This is the first line of Barrie's 1911 Peter and Wendy, a story version of the...
A small person's paradise. Frances Hodgson Burnett is best remembered for The Secret Garden, but she was also a prolific author of novels and plays for adults. A S Byatt on a writer whose remarkable life was spent recreating her own mythologised childhood
19 April 2004
Gretchen Gerzina begins her biography of Frances Hodgson Burnett in 1925 with the commissioning of a fountain in New...
Forgotten favourites - The wrong side of Paris. For Henry James, Balzac was the indisputable master. A S Byatt on why this visionary is not as vast and unapproachable as he seems
01 December 2003
Balzac isn't read and studied much in Anglo-Saxon cultures, and the French themselves moved away from him through...
16 December 2002
The relations between literature, literary criticism and structures of belief have always been both fiery and dubious....
Pursued by furies. Once condemned to death for treason, Dostoevsky eventually became Russia's national prophet. A S Byatt on an "unrepeatably individual, tormented and brilliant life"
16 September 2002
After finishing the fifth volume of Joseph Frank's wonderful biography, I tried to put together the idea I had of...
03 December 2001
Portraits in words and portraits in paint are opposites, rather than metaphors for each other. A painted portrait is an...
Food and Drink
Only connect. A S Byatt admires a novel that explores the simultaneous memory and forgetting of modern Germany
15 October 2001
W G Sebald's narratives are both old and new, in form and subject matter. They are characteristically modern in that...
Oh lord, where are you? In her new work, Muriel Spark imagines what became of Lord Lucan after he disappeared. A S Byatt on the pure wickedness of one of Britain's most respected living novelists
11 September 2000
Muriel Spark has always specialised in frauds, confidence tricksters, major and minor demons and deceivers. Her...
10 April 2000
If you ask a City financier - or a diplomat, or a journalist, or a writer, or a student - what he is reading just now,...