The Virgin in the Garden

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The Virgin in the Garden is a wonderfully erudite entertainment in which enlightenment and sexuality, Elizabethan drama and contemporary comedy, intersect richly and unpredictably.

The tumultuous events in this tale of a brilliant, eccentric and fatefully divided family begin with the staging of a play about Elizabeth I and come to a shattering climax sure to keep Byatt fans spellbound.

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The Virgin in the Garden: A Novel

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Overview

The Virgin in the Garden is a wonderfully erudite entertainment in which enlightenment and sexuality, Elizabethan drama and contemporary comedy, intersect richly and unpredictably.

The tumultuous events in this tale of a brilliant, eccentric and fatefully divided family begin with the staging of a play about Elizabeth I and come to a shattering climax sure to keep Byatt fans spellbound.

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Large, complex, ambitious, humming with energy and ideas...a remarkable achievement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679738299
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 278,792
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A. S. Byatt is famed for her short fiction, collected in Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, and The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye. Her full-length novels include the Booker Prize-winning Possession and the trilogy sequence The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, and Babel Tower.

Biography

A. S. Byatt, author of the Booker Prize-winning Possession, is internationally acclaimed as a novelist, short story writer and critic. Her most recent fiction outside this tetralogy is The Biographer's Tale, a novel, and Elementals, a collection of short stories. She was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1999.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Antonia Susan Drabble Byatt (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      London, England; France
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Sheffield, England
    1. Education:
      B.A., Newnham College, Cambridge, 1957; graduate study at Bryn Mawr College and Somerville College

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2007

    Complex, but well worth the effort

    This was the first book of Byatt's I read, I liked that it was the beginning of a series. The writing is very complex, the scenary, characters, plot, take a great deal of time to absorb. However, grasping the complexity allows a depth which is rewarding in the end.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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