... Possible inspirations for Byatt’s Possession? (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
One of the high points of my tenure as book editor was a long dinner with Antonia Byatt. Easy to figure how Day-Lewis would have been taken with her. She is dazzling. She was on tour promoting A Whistling Woman and we talked a good bit about the tetralogy of which it is a part, and she mentioned that Alexander Wedderburn, the playwright in The Virgin in the Garden, was based on Cecil Day-Lewis. She still felt very affectionate toward him, it seemed. He had obviously been very kind to her.