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Imagining characters : conversations about women writers : Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Willa Cather, Iris Murdoch, and Toni Morrison

Author: A S Byatt; Ignês Sodré; Rebecca Swift
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Vintage Books edView all editions and formats
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In this innovative and wide-ranging book, Byatt and the psychoanalyst Ignes Sodre bring their different sensibilities to bear on six novels they have read and loved: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Charlotte Bronte's Villette, George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, Iris Murdoch's An Unofficial Rose, and Toni Morrison's Beloved. The results are nothing less than an education in the ways
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Byatt, A.S. (Antonia Susan), 1936-
Imagining characters.
New York : Vintage Books, 1997
(OCoLC)656213470
Named Person: A S Byatt; Ignês Sodré; A S Byatt; Ignês Sodré
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A S Byatt; Ignês Sodré; Rebecca Swift
ISBN: 0679777539 9780679777533
OCLC Number: 36510910
Notes: Originally published: London : Chatto and Windus, 1995.
Description: xiii, 268 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. Jane Austen: Mansfield Park --
2. Charlotte Bronte: Villette --
3. George Eliot: Daniel Deronda --
4. Willa Cather: The Professor's House --
5. Iris Murdoch: An Unofficial Rose --
6. Toni Morrison: Beloved --
7. Dreams and Fictions.
Responsibility: A.S. Byatt and Ignês Sodré ; edited by Rebecca Swift.
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In this innovative and wide-ranging book, Byatt and the psychoanalyst Ignes Sodre bring their different sensibilities to bear on six novels they have read and loved: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Charlotte Bronte's Villette, George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, Iris Murdoch's An Unofficial Rose, and Toni Morrison's Beloved. The results are nothing less than an education in the ways literature grips its readers and at times, transforms their very lives.

Whether they are examining the bewildering passivity of Jane Austen's heroines, exploring Willa Cather's code of solitude, or reading Toni Morrison's Beloved as a novel about spite, Byatt and Sodre are witty, humane, funny, and profound. For anyone who loves Byatt's novels, for anyone who loves literature, Imagining Characters is indispensable, a work of criticism that returns us to the books it discusses with renewed respect and wonder.

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