From the Booker Prize-winning author of Possession: A Romance (1990), On The Conjugial Angel is the latest book in the Swedenborg Society’s Archive Series. A S Byatt, alongside a series of readings from her novella ‘The Conjugial Angel’, explores Swedenborg’s influence on literature, the lives of the Tennysons and the conflict between religion and science. Also including an intimate insight into Dame Byatt’s writing process and interest in literature, On The Conjugial Angel is drawn from the transcript of a talk and Q&A given at Swedenborg House in 2010 for the bicentenary of the Society.
Described by the Sunday Telegraph as ‘one of Britain’s foremost grandes dames of the writing world’, A S Byatt was born in 1936 and studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, Bryn Mawr College in the United States and Somerville College, Oxford. She has written numerous works of fiction including The Virgin in the Garden (1978); Possession: A Romance (1990), for which she won the Booker Prize; Angels and Insects (1992) and The Children’s Book (2009). She was made a Fellow of University College London in 2004 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017.
For Possession: ‘a combination of intellectual fireworks and magnetic readability’—The Guardian.
For Possession: ‘Teeming with more ideas than a year’s worth of ordinary novels’—The Spectator
For Angels and Insects: ‘Marvellous and maddening… a display and a delight’—Observer
Swedenborg Archive Series
On The Conjugial Angel is the sixth in series of Swedenborg archive pocket books. Edited by Stephen McNeilly, and drawing on miscellaneous material from the Swedenborg archives, the aim of the series is to make available in printed form lectures, interviews and other unique items that would otherwise remain unseen by a broader audience.