Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Byatt, A S

(1936-    ) UK writer whose most recent work has eschewed any use of the Fantastic, but whose Possession: A Romance (1990), though nothing supernatural actually occurs, makes intense play with Doubles and creates a version of literary life in the 19th century that has all the enfolding antiquarian passion of the best Fantasies of History. There is nothing supernatural, either, in Angels & Insects (coll 1992), but its vision of the 19th century is similarly hallucinatory. The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye (coll 1994) is a set of Fairytales told in Revisionist-Fantasy mode; the long title story in particular provides an eloquently sinuous intertwining of Story and world. [JC]

Antonia Susan Byatt


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