The Modern Library cover for Possession by A.S. Byatt

Possession: A Romance

  • Author:  A.S. Byatt  (b. 1936)
  • Rank:  #41
  • Published:  1990
  • Publisher:  Chatto and Windus
  • Pages:  555
  • First Line:  “The book was thick and black and covered with dust.”
  • Last Line:  “And on the way home, she met her brothers, and there was a rough-and-tumble, and the lovely crown was broken, and she forgot the message, which was never delivered.”
  • ML Edition:  Gold hardcover  (2001)
  • Film:  2002  (*** – dir. Neil LaBute)
  • Acclaim:  Booker Prize, All-TIME List
  • First Read:  May, 2002 (more…)