Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt is a modern literary masterpiece. Antonia Susan Byatt has written a novel in a class with the best work of Joyce, Hemingway, and Faulkner. The story
begins with a modern researcher discovering evidence that his favorite Victorian poet, known to have been happily married, may have had an affair. In seeking to identify the
woman involved in the affair, he discovers that her great-grand-daughter is alive and an author in her own right. Together they unravel the mystery of the long-hidden relationship,
and in the process fall in love themselves. The contrast between the romantic atmosphere of the Victorian era and the peculiar and uncertain modalities of modern relationships is
poignant. The end is a revelation. Possession is one of the most satisfying books I have read in years--Ms. Byatt is a true master (or should I say mistress?) of the English language.