Dame A.S. Byatt
October 15, 2010, 7:30 pm
Mandel Hall 1131 E. 57th Street
“A.S. Byatt is a storyteller who could keep a sultan on the edge of his throne for a thousand and one nights.” —The New York Times Book Review
Booker Prize winner Dame A.S. Byatt presents “Soul, Body, and Psyche” a lecture about the changing forms of construction of ‘characters’ in fiction — how characters are made up and how they relate to the beliefs of the world they find themselves in. The lecture is followed by a moderated conversation with Maud Ellmann, the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Professor in the Development of the Novel in English.
Already a formidable literary figure in England, Byatt achieved best-seller status in the United States in 1990 with her Booker Prize-winning novel, Possession: A Romance, a story about a clandestine love affair between two Victorian writers and the two modern-day academics who unearth their secret. In 2008, The Times (UK) named her among their list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.” In 1999 she was made a Dame of the British Empire, an honor that recognized her work as a writer and her contributions to the United Kingdom. In addition to having her work translated into 28 languages, Byatt is a distinguished critic and regular contributor to many British and American newspapers, including The New Yorker.
Part of the 2010-2011 Season
Artistic Field(s): Literature