Babel Tower

BYATT, A. S. Babel Tower. London: Chatto & Windus, 1995.

First edition hardcover, with dust jacket, in fine condition. It’s signed and dated on publication date in 1996 at Leeds Waterstones by the author.


A. S. Byatt


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Babel Tower Synopsis

Babel Tower follows The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life in tracing Frederica Potter, a lover of books who reflects the author’s life and times. It centers around two lawsuits: in one, Frederica – a young intellectual who has married outside her social set – is challenging her wealthy and violent husband for custody of their child; in the other, an unkempt but charismatic rebel is charged with having written an obscene book, a novel-within-a-novel about a small band of revolutionaries who attempt to set up an ideal community. And in the background, rebellion gains a major toehold in the London of the Sixties, and society will never be the same.

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About A. S. Byatt

Dame Antonia Susan Duffy (née Drabble; born 24 August 1936), known professionally by her former marriage name as A. S. Byatt, is an English critic, novelist, poet and short story writer.

Byatt’s novel Possession: A Romance received the 1990 Booker Prize, whilst her short story collection The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye (1994) received the 1995 Aga Khan Prize for Fiction. Byatt was awarded the Shakespeare Prize in 2002, the Erasmus Prize in 2016, the Park Kyong-ni Prize in 2017 and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in 2018.

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A. S. Byatt


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