The Passion is Jeanette Winterson’s second novel after her debut novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and after the publication of the comic book Boating for Beginners, which had threatened to distract from her more serious literary achievements. The novel consolidated her position as an exciting and innovative writer at the forefront of the British literary scene, and effectively overshadowed the largely negative or misunderstood reviews of Boating for Beginners (1985). The Passion was widely acclaimed, awarded the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize in 1987, and continues to be regarded highly amongst her work; however, when questioned as to whether it should be considered her best novel, Winterson has replied: “I think read them all...” (author’s website – see links).
Citation: Cox, Katharine. "The Passion". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 April 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7346, accessed 04 December 2023.]