The Virgin in the Garden

By A. S. Byatt
Read by Wanda McCaddon

20.18 Hours 08/01/1993 unabridged
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In 1953, at an isolated boys’ school in the Yorkshire moors, is a young teacher, Alexander Wedderburn, whose imagination had been captured by the Queen Elizabeth of Shakespeare and Spenser and who has written an historical verse play about her. Now, suddenly, his play has been taken up by a wealthy patron of the arts who envisions its production on the most magnificent scale, for it is to be the climax of a local festival honoring the new Queen Elizabeth. The novel holds us in suspense as it carries us to the great event of the play itself—in its Midsummer-Night’s atmosphere of dream, of magic, of transforming revelry—that will alter forever the course of all the characters’ lives.

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Summary

Summary

In 1953, at an isolated boys’ school in the Yorkshire moors, is a young teacher, Alexander Wedderburn, whose imagination had been captured by the Queen Elizabeth of Shakespeare and Spenser and who has written an historical verse play about her. Now, suddenly, his play has been taken up by a wealthy patron of the arts who envisions its production on the most magnificent scale, for it is to be the climax of a local festival honoring the new Queen Elizabeth.

The novel holds us in suspense as it carries us to the great event of the play itself—in its Midsummer-Night’s atmosphere of dream, of magic, of transforming revelry—that will alter forever the course of all the characters’ lives.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Large, complex, ambitious, humming with energy and ideas…a remarkable achievement.” Iris Murdoch
“Comic, well plotted, immensely touching. Times (London)
“Narrator [Wanda McCaddon] has a sprightly tone and keeps things moving, not an insignificant achievement since much of the plot development occurs in the characters’ thoughts and inner reactions to events around them.” Library Journal
“[McCaddon] reads with a heavy British accent which suits the reading…Her narration is solid, energetic and well inflected.”  Kliatt

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Author

Author Bio: A. S. Byatt

A. S. Byatt, a distinguished critic and author, was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge; Bryn Mawr College; and Somerville College, Oxford. In 1999 she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Her other works include Possession, The Biographer’s Tale, and The Matisse Stories, among many others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 20.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English