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« on: February 15, 2012, 10:08:15 PM »

Hello, I'm about to reread A S Byatt's novel Possession.  I was thinking it must be the start of a new genre - that there wouldn't have been any novels about possessed scholars before Possession.  So, that was my first question to you all - are there nineteenth century novels about possessed scholars, or readers, for instance?  But then I couldn't think of any that come later either!  With the sole exception of Margaret Drabble's odd The Red Queen.  Are there others?
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2012, 3:49:25 AM »

So I have now got about half way through Possession.   Not at all what I remembered.  I am still waiting for someone to actually be possessed.  Lots of play on the word possession of course.  How 80s it seems!  Anyone else read Possession either in the 80s or recently? 
So I guess I am no longer looking for possessed, or haunted, scholars exactly (though please if you think of any let me know!) but just books about scholars, with made-up scholarship included.  The Lady of the Snakes is far closer to Possession than I thought - even with the stolen letters!  How strange that I remembered it (or failed to remember it) so differently. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2012, 7:55:43 AM »

Poe's "Rappacini's Daughter" is sort of about a possessed scholar.
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2012, 9:42:27 AM »

Hi "Rappacini's Daughter" is good. Happy reading :-)

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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2012, 10:36:27 AM »

Hi "Rappacini's Daughter" is good. Happy reading :-)



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