Passions Of The Mind: Selected Writings

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In Passions of the Mind, A S Byatt writes as an artist and scholar taking the reader on a journey of discovery as she explores the ideas, images and attitudes to language underpinning some of her own ficiton, and also the work of Great Victorians and a varied range of twentieth century women writers.

Fascinated by the coincidence of the symbolic and real which she finds in her favourite writers - Robert Browning, George Eliot and Wallace Stevens - A S Byatt also celebrates this quality in the sun and shados of Van Gogh's painting.

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"The great merit of Byatt's writing - fiction and essays - is that it continually engages the reader's mind... an enriching book, full of essays to which I expect to find myself returning again and again" (Allan Massie Daily Telegraph)

"A collection that traces the development of Byatt's mind and ideas over 20 years... accessible to anyone interested in literature, ideas or Byatt" ( The Times)

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'Erudite, magisterial and often moving, her essays are fascinating both as enthusiasms, and as a kind of codicil to her development as a novelist' - Independent

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