Angels and Insects
In the form of two linked novellas, Byatt explores the background to Tennyson's poetic series 'In Memoriam', and also tells the story of how a passion for entomological travel and scientific discovery combines with the daily rituals of wealthy family life. As with all of Byatt's writing, there is strong physical sense of setting. The first piece, Morpho Eugenia, is a Gothic fable of the Earthly Paradise; The Conjugal Angel, a philosophical ghost story.
Byatt's narrative skill and artistry are underpinned by her awe-inspiring academic knowledge and she challenges our understanding of the Victorian period as well as delivering a first-class piece of fiction.