Monday, November 28, 2011

Ten of the most memorable libraries in literature

At the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best libraries in literature.

One entry on the list:
Possession by AS Byatt

This story of the secrets of long-dead writers opens in the London Library, where Roland Michell discovers (in an edition of Vico) the manuscript drafts of a letter from the famous poet Randolph Ash to an unknown woman. He decides to smuggle the papers out past the library's indifferent security and sets the adventure in motion.
Read about the other titles on the list.

Possession also appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best fictional poets, ten of the best locks of hair in fiction, ten of the best graveyard scenes in fiction, and ten of the best lawyers in literature, and on Christina Koning's top six romances critic's chart and Elizabeth Kostova's top ten list of books for winter nights.

--Marshal Zeringue