Peacock and Vine: Fortuny and Morris in Life and at Work

Author(s): A. S. Byatt


An alluring and atmospheric enquiry into the creative impulse -- as seen through the work and lives of Mariano Fortuny and William Morris -- by one of our greatest novelists.

This ravishing little book, glowing with colour and generously illustrated throughout, opens a window on to the lives, passions and designs of two great artists a generation apart, William Morris and Mariano Fortuny. Inspired by a vision of the aquamarine light of Venice balancing Morris's green English countryside, A.S. Byatt delves into the world-transforming magic of their art, asking what fired them, how they lived and worked and how each man's art mirrors and confronts the other.

A.S. Byatt combines her brilliant gift for character and place with a deep understanding of the craft, and the combination of profound ideas and sensual delight that make the art of Morris's and Fortuny endure -- a ghostly presence outside time. Peacock and Vine is a work of art in itself -- the perfect present to give, to keep, to ponder over and to treasure.


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This ravishing essay, glowing with colour, opens a window on to the lives, passions and designs of two charismatic artists, Mariano Fortuny and William Morris.

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A.S. Byatt is a novelist, short-story writer and critic of international renown. Her novels include Possession (winner of the Booker Prize in 1990), and the Frederica Quartet; The Children's Book was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999 and is the recipient of the Erasmus Prize 2016 for her 'inspiring contribution to life writing'.

General Fields

  • : 9781784740801
  • : Random House
  • : Chatto & Windus
  • : July 2016
  • : 177mm X 142mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : A. S. Byatt
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 709.034
  • : 192