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'A major novel- a marvellous and most unusual work' Iris Murdoch

Frederica Potter, 'doomed to be intelligent'' plunges into Cambridge Universty life greedy for knowledge, sex and love. In Yorkshire her sister Stephanie has abandoned academe for the cosy frustration of the family. Alexander Wedderburn, now in London, struggles to write a play about Van Gogh, whose art and tragic life give the novel its central Leitmotiv. In this sequel to THE VIRGIN IN THE GARDEN, A. S Byatt illuminates the inevitable conflicts between ambition and domesticity, confinement and self-fulfilment, while providing a subtle yet incisive observation of intellectual and cultural life in England during the 1950s

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  • Paperback

    9780099479918

    July 4, 1995

    Vintage

    448 pages

    RRP $22.99

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