British novelist A.S. Byatt. Her novel Possession was a bestseller, and her novella Angels & Insects was turned into an arthouse film. Byatt's new novel is The Biographers Tale (Knopf). This interview was recorded before a live audience at the Free Public Library in Philadelphia.
Byatt is known by many Americans for "Possession," a Booker Prize-winning Victorian novel published here in 1990. Her most recent novel is "Babel Tower." Set in the turbulent 1960s, the book is about Frederica, a young woman involved in a divorce and custody suit, as well as the prosecution of an "obscene" book. "Babel Tower" is the third book in a planned quartet of novels set in different mid-century time frames. (Originally aired 6/6/96)