This is a tremendously creative book with so much to enjoy. This is my first work by A. S. Byatt. I have a copy of her 2009 novel, The Children's Book and hope to read it in 2013.
I do have a serious issue with the Vintage Books paperback edition of this work. I found it on the remainder desk of a big chain book store here in Manila marked down from 1000 Peso to 149 ($3.00). This probably means it was shipped in from either the USA or UK when it was returned unsold from book stores there. The reasons for the poor sales, which this edition warrants, is the extreme small size of the text of the portions of the book that are by the Victorian poets or from books about them. The print is this size and it is no pleasure at all to read and makes you want to skip large portions of the book which would be s shame.
This edition of the book is a tribute to the publisher's greed and contempt for readers. A. S. Byatt and her readers deserve better. Before I bought the book I had no way of knowing as it was sealed in shrink wrap