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A S Byatt

A S Byatt

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First broadcast: Sun 16 Jun 1991

Novelist , Critic

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the novelist and critic A S Byatt. Winner of the 1990 Booker prize for her novel 'Possession' - the story of a clandestine romance between two Victorian poets - she'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the isolation of her school days as a highly academic child, the release of university life at Cambridge and her subsequent life at the forefront of the British literary world.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

George Frideric Handel

1.

George Frideric Handel

He shall feed His flock (from Messiah)

Soloist: Hanna Schwarz Orchestra: The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Colin Davis

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Concerto in A major

Orchestra: The Zimbler Sinfonietta Conductor: Reginald Kell

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Wallace Stevens

4.

Wallace Stevens

The Idea Of Order At Key West

Soloist: Wallace Stevens

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Giuseppe Verdi

5.

Giuseppe Verdi

Dies irae (from Requiem Mass)

Orchestra: The Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra Conductor: Carlo Maria Guilini

Others who chose this artist

William Shakespeare

6.

William Shakespeare

When that I was and a little tiny boy (from Twelfth Night)

Artist: Cleo Laine

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Richard Wagner

7.

Castaway's favourite

Richard Wagner

Jetzt fand ich's (from Das Rheingold)

Orchestra: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Soloist: Set Svanholm

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Robert Schumann

8.

Robert Schumann

Zwielicht (from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

Soloist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

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Book

A La Recherche Du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust

Others who chose this author

Religious text

King James Bible

Luxury item

Large filing cabinet full of A4 paper & pens

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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