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S. Byatt being excluded from academic pursuits because of her sex. At Cambridge she was working on a doctoral thesis on Neoplatonic creation myths, but had to give up her research and writing when she married. Her own mother before her had had to give up a career as a teacher at the end of the war when ‘normal’ society resumed its course. Byatt’s mother acted out her frustration on her children who, as a result, were determined to lead different lives. However, Byatt’s grant was taken from her upon her marriage – ‘men in my position had their grants increased, to provide for their households’ (p.
S. Byatt were visibly proud of George Eliot. Tomalin explained why ‘every intellectual woman warms to George Eliot’, 26 A. S. Byatt A. S. Byatt criticized one-dimensional portraits of Eliot as a writer who is serious, moralistic and too intelligent. In the programme she constructs a more inclusive portrait of Eliot: ‘the glory of George Eliot is that she is comic, intelligent, ferociously passionate and deeply sexy’. Like Leavis, she appreciates Eliot’s serious side but she presents a more complete portrait of the ‘other’ George Eliot: the woman who was unconventional, trenchantly witty and sarcastic, who wrote and thought with intense energy and passion: One’s idea of George Eliot is of a woman whose appearance of profound moral scrupulousness, self-discipline and intellectual rigour was not an illusion but a partial truth.
S. Byatt When she wrote it in 1991 she did so as a successful novelist who had recently won two important awards for her widely translated bestseller Possession. It seems a comfortable position from which to look back at a much younger self on the brink of authorship: A. S. Byatt was 18 when she wrote the ﬁrst draft of The Shadow of the Sun. It is a position which seems to allow for an untroubled distance from which to assess the genesis of one’s writing career. It is indeed possible to read the foreword as a condensed Bildungsroman, with a clear beginning, middle and end.
A. S. Byatt: Art, Authorship and Creativity by Christien Franken (auth.)