The Virgin in the Garden is a wonderfully erudite entertainment in which enlightenment and sexuality, Elizabethan drama and contemporary comedy, intersect richly and unpredictably.
About the Author
A.S. Byatt is the author of the novels Possession (winner of the Booker Prize in 1990), The Game, and the sequence The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, and Babel Tower. She has also written two novellas, published together as Angels and Insects, and four collections of shorter works, including The Matisse Stories and The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye. Educated at Cambridge, she was a senior lecturer in English at University College, London, before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. A distinguished critic as well as a novelist, she lives in London.
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
A wonderful novel that is beautifuly written. This is the first in the quartet and none of the novels have disappointed me- the world of Frederica and her family is compelling and consuming- read them all!