Angels & insects : two novellas /

by Byatt, A. S. (Antonia Susan).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Random House, c1992 ([1993 printing?])Description: 339 p. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0679405127 :.Title notes: c.1 $21.00 8-93Subject(s): Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892. In memoriam -- Fiction | Hallam, Arthur Henry, 1811-1833 -- Fiction | Evolution (Biology) -- Fiction | Ghost stories
Morpho Eugenia -- The conjugial angel.
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In these breathtaking novellas, A.S. Byatt returns to the territory she explored inPossession: the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion.Angels and Insectsis "delicate and confidently ironic.... Byatt perfectly blends laughter and sympathy [with] extraordinary sensuality" (San Francisco Examiner). From the Trade Paperback edition.

"This work was originally published in the United Kingdom by Chatto & Windus Ltd, London, in 1992"--T.p. verso.

Morpho Eugenia -- The conjugial angel.

c.1 $21.00 8-93

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Library Journal Review

This work consists of two novellas set in the mid-19th century. The first, ``Morpho Eugenia,'' is a Gothic fable that explores the multiple themes of earthly paradise and Darwin's theories of breeding and sexuality. There is an implied parallel between insect and human society throughout. The hero, a poor, scholarly entomologist, is taken into a wealthy Victorian family. His life and loves, particularly for the daughter Eugenia and the eponymous species of butterfly, comprise this tale. The second novella, ``The Conjugal Angel,'' is reminiscent of Possession ( LJ 11/1/90), Byatt's 1990 Booker Prize winner for fiction, wherein poetry is woven into the narrative. Here, the poem is Tennyson's ``In Memoriam , '' written to mourn the death of Tennyson's friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who was engaged to the poet's sister Emily--a main character here. This is a philosophical ghost story, bizarre and comic, but since assorted mediums meet real characters, it is difficult to relate to any of them. These novellas will attract attention due to the fame of their author, but they will appeal to a very limited audience. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/92.-- Patricia C. Heaney, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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