Still Life

Still Life

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by A. S. Byatt
     
 

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From the author of The New York Times bestseller Possession, comes a highly acclaimed novel which captures in brilliant detail the life of one extended English family--and illuminates the choices they must make between domesticity and ambition, life and art. Toni Morrison, author of Beloved, writes of Byatt: "When it comes to probing characters her scalpel is sure but

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From the author of The New York Times bestseller Possession, comes a highly acclaimed novel which captures in brilliant detail the life of one extended English family--and illuminates the choices they must make between domesticity and ambition, life and art. Toni Morrison, author of Beloved, writes of Byatt: "When it comes to probing characters her scalpel is sure but gentle. She is a loving surgeon".

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Library Journal
Still Life is the second volume of a te tralogy. The three Potter children, Stephanie, Frederika and Marcus, in troduced in The Virgin in the Garden ( LJ 2/15/79), continue in conflict with their Yorkshire roots. To them, and to the author, intellectual passions are as all-encompassing as emotional ties, and always at war with them. Frederika, whose novel this really is, escapes to Cambridge and the life of the mind, al beit not without constant struggle. Mar cus, after a long breakdown, manages to stay and function in Yorkshire. Stephanie, having opted for small-town family life, loses her fight to retain an independent intellectual existence and is horribly vanquished by the material world in the book's one tragic moment. This is an opaque, challenging, and re warding novel . While its intellectual preoccupations and allusions will not be readily accessible to a broad reading public, it belongs in major fiction col lections. Diana Vincent-Davis, New York Univ. Sch . of Law Lib.
From the Publisher
“A major novel…a marvellous and most unusual work.” — Iris Murdoch

“Affords enormous and continuous pleasure.” — Anita Brookner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684835037
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Edition description:
Trade
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
1,004,980
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Iris Murdoch
This is a marvelous and most unusual work, full of thought, full of people, and full of language; a deep work, inspiring laughter and tears, a major novel.

Meet the Author

A.S. Byatt is internationally acclaimed as a novelist, short story writer and critic. Her most recent novel is The Biographer’s Tale.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England; France
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1936
Place of Birth:
Sheffield, England
Education:
B.A., Newnham College, Cambridge, 1957; graduate study at Bryn Mawr College and Somerville College

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