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Angels & insects : two novellas

Author: A S Byatt
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. trade edView all editions and formats
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These two fascinating novellas, like A. S. Byatt's Booker Prize-winning novel Possession, are set in the mid-nineteenth century, weaving fact and fiction, reality and romance. "Morpho Eugenia" is a lively Gothic fable of the Earthly Paradise, of the Victorian obsession with Darwinian theories of breeding and sexuality and the parallels between insect and human society - the capture and taming of nature, whether it  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ghost stories
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Byatt, A. S. (Antonia Susan), 1936-
Angels & insects.
New York : Random House, c1992
(OCoLC)646864321
Named Person: Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Baron; Arthur Henry Hallam
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A S Byatt
ISBN: 0679405127 9780679405122
OCLC Number: 27066248
Notes: "This work was originally published in the United Kingdom by Chatto & Windus Ltd, London, in 1992"--T.p. verso.
Description: 339 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Morpho Eugenia --
Conjugal angel.
Other Titles: Angels and insects
Responsibility: A.S. Byatt.
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These two fascinating novellas, like A. S. Byatt's Booker Prize-winning novel Possession, are set in the mid-nineteenth century, weaving fact and fiction, reality and romance. "Morpho Eugenia" is a lively Gothic fable of the Earthly Paradise, of the Victorian obsession with Darwinian theories of breeding and sexuality and the parallels between insect and human society - the capture and taming of nature, whether it be a young woman in a country house or a rare butterfly, gleaming in the forests of the Amazon. "The Conjugial Angel" concerns Tennyson's In Memoriam, published in 1850, mourning the death seventeen years before of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who was engaged to Tennyson's sister Emily. A philosophical ghost story, bizarre, comic, and moving, in which fictive mediums meet "real" characters, it explores the contemporary preoccupation with God and life after death. Resonant, magical, entirely original, this is A. S. Byatt at her best.

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