Booker Prize-Winning Author AS Byatt Dies

UK writer, 87, wrote 'Possession,' which was made into a movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 17, 2023 12:09 PM CST
Booker Prize-Winning Author AS Byatt Dies
AS Byatt is seen at St James' Church in London.   (Peter Jordan/PA via AP)

Author AS Byatt, whose books include the Booker Prize-winning novel Possession, has died at the age of 87. Byatt's publisher, Chatto & Windus, said Friday that the author died "peacefully at home surrounded by close family." Byatt wrote two dozen books, starting with her first novel, The Shadow of the Sun in 1964, per the AP. Possession, published in 1990, follows two modern-day academics investigating the lives of a pair of Victorian poets. It won the prestigious Booker Prize that year and was adapted as a 2002 film starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

Byatt's other books include four novels exploring Britain in the 1950s and 60s, known as the Frederica Quartet—The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower, and A Whistling Woman—as well as The Children's Book (2009). A book of short stories, Medusa's Ankles, was published in 2021. Clara Farmer, Byatt's publisher at Chatto & Windus, said the author's books, translated into 38 languages, were "the most wonderful jewel-boxes of stories and ideas." Farmer added: "We mourn her loss, but it's a comfort to know that her penetrating works will dazzle, shine, and refract in the minds of readers for generations to come."

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