- Title Pages
- Series editor's preface
- Copyright acknowledgements
- A. S. Byatt: biographical outline
2Fathers, sisters and the anxiety of influence: The Shadow of the Sun and The Game
3Writing the contemporary: The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life
4Two cultures: Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman
5Tradition and transformation: Possession and fairytales
6The dark side of the tale: The Children's Book, The Biographer's Tale and Angels and Insects
7Critical storytelling: peopling the paper house
I.Novels and collected short fiction by A. S. Byatt (First UK editions only)
II.Uncollected short fiction by A. S. Byatt (First date and place of publication only)
III.Collected non-fiction by A. S. Byatt (First UK edition only)
IV.Selected uncollected non-fiction by A. S. Byatt (excludes journalism, reviews, art criticism and broadcasts except pieces directly quoted in this volume)
V.Books edited by A. S. Byatt
VI.Selected interviews with A. S. Byatt
VII.Selected reviews of A. S. Byatt's fiction
VIII.Selected criticism of A. S. Byatt's fiction
IX.Other works cited
- (p.1) 1 Introduction
- A.S. Byatt
Amy J. Edwards de Campos
- Manchester University Press
This introductory chapter discusses A. S. Byatt, a writer with a personal and intellectual dislike of literary criticism that places a heavy emphasis on a writer's life. It first provides some background information on Byatt's early career as a writer and her debut novel, Shadow of a Sun. It studies her commitment to the mutually informative discourses of fiction and literary criticism and her popular reimaginings of the Victorian past. This chapter also studies some of Byatt's novels, which are discussed in detail in the following chapters.
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