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16 February 1992(1992-02-16) (aged 51) London, England

Cause of death Lung cancer

Occupation Novelist, short story writer, journalist

Nationality British

Alma mater University of Bristol

Spouse Paul Carter (m. 1960; div. 1972) Mark Pearce (m. 1977)

Children 1

Website

www.angelacarter.co.uk

Angela Olive Carter-Pearce (née Stalker; 7 May 1940 – 16 February 1992), who published as Angela Carter, was an English novelist, short story writer and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works. In 2008, The Times
The Times
ranked Carter tenth in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".[1] In 2012, Nights at the Circus
Nights at the Circus
was selected as the best ever winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.[2]

Contents

1 Biography 2 Works

2.1 Novels 2.2 Short fiction collections 2.3 Poetry collections 2.4 Dramatic works 2.5 Children's books 2.6 Non-fiction 2.7 As editor 2.8 As translator 2.9 Film adaptations 2.10 Radio plays 2.11 Television

3 Works on Angela Carter 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links

Biography[edit]

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Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne, in 1940, to Sophia Olive (née Farthing; 1905–1969) and Hugh Alexander Stalker (1896–1988), Carter was evacuated as a child to live in Yorkshire with her maternal grandmother. As a teenager she battled against anorexia.[3] After attending Streatham and Clapham High School, in south London, she began work as a journalist on The Croydon Advertiser,[4] following in the footsteps of her father. Carter attended the University of Bristol where she studied English literature.[5] She married twice, first in 1960 to Paul Carter,[6] divorcing in 1972. In 1969, she used the proceeds of her Somerset Maugham Award to leave her husband and relocate for two years to Tokyo, where she claims in Nothing Sacred (1982) that she "learnt what it is to be a woman and became radicalised".[7] She wrote about her experiences there in articles for New Society and a collection of short stories, Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces (1974), and evidence of her experiences in Japan can also be seen in The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972). She then explored the United States, Asia and Europe, helped by her fluency in French and German. She spent much of the late 1970s and 1980s as a writer in residence at universities, including the University of Sheffield, Brown University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of East Anglia. In 1977, Carter married Mark Pearce, with whom she had one son. In 1979, both The Bloody Chamber, and her influential[citation needed] essay, The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography, appeared. In the essay, according to the writer Marina Warner, Carter "deconstructs the arguments that underlie The Bloody Chamber. It's about desire and its destruction, the self-immolation of women, how women collude and connive with their condition of enslavement. She was much more independent-minded than the traditional feminist of her time."[8] As well as being a prolific writer of fiction, Carter contributed many articles to The Guardian, The Independent
The Independent
and New Statesman, collected in Shaking a Leg.[9] She adapted a number of her short stories for radio and wrote two original radio dramas on Richard Dadd
Richard Dadd
and Ronald Firbank. Two of her fictions have been adapted for film: The Company of Wolves (1984) and The Magic Toyshop
The Magic Toyshop
(1987). She was actively involved in both adaptations; her screenplays are published in the collected dramatic writings, The Curious Room, together with her radio scripts, a libretto for an opera of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, an unproduced screenplay entitled The Christchurch Murders (based on the same true story as Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures) and other works. These neglected works, as well as her controversial television documentary, The Holy Family Album, are discussed in Charlotte Crofts' book, Anagrams of Desire (2003). Her novel Nights at the Circus
Nights at the Circus
won the 1984 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for literature. Her last novel, Wise Children, is a surreal wild ride through British theatre and music hall traditions. At the time of her death, Carter had started work on a sequel to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
based on the later life of Jane's stepdaughter, Adèle Varens; only a synopsis survives.[10] Angela Carter
Angela Carter
died aged 51 in 1992 at her home in London
London
after developing lung cancer.[11][12] Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

Shadow Dance (1966) a.k.a. Honeybuzzard The Magic Toyshop
The Magic Toyshop
(1967) Several Perceptions
Several Perceptions
(1968) Heroes and Villains (1969) Love (1971) The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
(1972) a.k.a. The War of Dreams The Passion of New Eve
The Passion of New Eve
(1977) Nights at the Circus
Nights at the Circus
(1984) Wise Children
Wise Children
(1991)

Short fiction collections[edit]

Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces (1974) also published as Fireworks: Nine Stories in Various Disguises and Fireworks The Bloody Chamber (1979) The Bridegroom (1983) (Uncollected short story) Black Venus (1985) published as Saints and Strangers (US) American Ghosts and Old World Wonders
American Ghosts and Old World Wonders
(1993) Burning Your Boats (1995)

Poetry collections[edit]

Five Quiet Shouters (1966) Unicorn (1966) Unicorn: The Poetry of Angela Carter
Angela Carter
(2015)

Dramatic works[edit]

Come Unto These Yellow Sands: Four Radio Plays (1985) The Curious Room: Plays, Film Scripts and an Opera (1996) (includes Carter's screenplays for adaptations of The Company of Wolves
The Company of Wolves
and The Magic Toyshop; also includes the contents of Come Unto These Golden Sands: Four Radio Plays) The Holy Family Album (1991)

Children's books[edit]

The Donkey Prince
The Donkey Prince
(1970) illustrated by Eros Keith Miss Z, the Dark Young Lady (1970) illustrated by Eros Keith Comic and Curious Cats
Comic and Curious Cats
(1979) illustrated by Martin Leman Moonshadow (1982) illustrated by Justin Todd Sea-Cat and Dragon King (2000) illustrated by Eva Tatcheva

Non-fiction[edit]

The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography (1979) Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings (1982) Expletives Deleted: Selected Writings (1992) Shaking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writing (1997)

She wrote two entries in "A Hundred Things Japanese" published in 1975 by the Japan Culture Institute. ISBN 0-87040-364-8 It says "She has lived in Japan both from 1969 to 1971 and also during 1974" (p. 202). As editor[edit]

Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: An Anthology of Subversive Stories (1986) The Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1990) a.k.a. The Old Wives' Fairy Tale Book The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1992) a.k.a. Strange Things Still Sometimes Happen: Fairy Tales From Around the World (1993) Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales (2005) (collects the two Virago Books above)

As translator[edit]

The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
Charles Perrault
(1977) Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales (1982) illustrated by Michael Foreman (Perrault stories with two by Leprince de Beaumont)

Film adaptations[edit]

The Company of Wolves
The Company of Wolves
(1984) adapted by Carter with Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
from her short story of the same name, "Wolf-Alice" and "The Werewolf" The Magic Toyshop
The Magic Toyshop
(1987) adapted by Carter from her novel of the same name

Radio plays[edit]

Vampirella (1976) written by Carter and directed by Glyn Dearman for BBC. Formed the basis for the short story "The Lady of the House of Love". Come Unto These Yellow Sands (1979) The Company of Wolves
The Company of Wolves
(1980) adapted by Carter from her short story of the same name, and directed by Glyn Dearman for BBC Puss-in-Boots (1982) adapted by Carter from her short story and directed by Glyn Dearman for BBC A Self-Made Man (1984)

Television[edit]

The Holy Family Album (1991) Omnibus: Angela Carter's Curious Room (1992)

Works on Angela Carter[edit]

Dimovitz, Scott A. Angela Carter: Surrealist, Psychologist, Moral Pornographer. New York: Routledge, 2016. Dimovitz, Scott A. 'I Was the Subject of the Sentence Written on the Mirror: Angela Carter's Short Fiction and the Unwriting of the Psychoanalytic Subject.' Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 21.1 (2010): 1-19. Dimovitz, Scott A. 'Angela Carter’s Narrative Chiasmus: The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman and The Passion of New Eve.' Genre XVII (2009): 83-111. Dimovitz, Scott A. 'Cartesian Nuts: Rewriting the Platonic Androgyne in Angela Carter’s Japanese Surrealism'. FEMSPEC: An Interdisciplinary Feminist
Feminist
Journal, 6:2 (December 2005): 15–31. Dmytriieva, Valeriia V. 'Gender Alterations in English and French Modernist “Bluebeard” Fairytale'. ' English Language and literature studies, 6:3. (2016): 16–20. Enright, Anne (17 February 2011). "Diary". London
London
Review of Books. 33 (4): 38–39. Retrieved 11 February 2011.  Gordon, Edmund The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography London: Chatto & Windus, 2016. Kérchy, Anna (2008), Body-Texts in the Novels of Angela Carter. Writing from a Corporeagraphic Perspective. Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press Milne, Andrew (2006), The Bloody Chamber d'Angela Carter, Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit, Université Milne, Andrew (2007), Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber: A Reader's Guide, Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit Université Tonkin, Maggie. Angela Carter
Angela Carter
and Decadence: Critical Fictions/Fictional Critiques. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Topping, Angela (2009), Focus on The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories London: The Greenwich Exchange

References[edit]

^ The 50 greatest British writers since 1945. 5 January 2008. The Times. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. ^ Alison Flood (6 December 2012). " Angela Carter
Angela Carter
named best ever winner of James Tait Black award". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2012.  ^ http://www.angelacartersite.co.uk/ Retrieved 5 November 2015. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/5899665/Angela-Carter.html ^ " Angela Carter
Angela Carter
- Biography". The Guardian. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2014.  ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/5899665/Angela-Carter.html ^ Hill, Rosemary (2016-10-22). "The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography by Edmund Gordon – review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-09-29.  ^ Marina Warner, speaking on Radio Three's the Verb, February 2012 ^ "Book Of A Lifetime: Shaking a Leg, By Angela Carter". The Independent. 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2017-09-29.  ^ Clapp, Susannah (29 January 2006). "The greatest swinger in town". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 25 April 2010.  ^ Sarah Waters (3 October 2009). "My hero: Angela Carter". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 June 2014.  ^ Michael Dirda, "The Unconventional Life of Angela Carter
Angela Carter
- prolific author, reluctant feminist," Washington Post, March 8, 2017.

Further reading[edit]

Acocella, Joan (March 13, 2017). "Metamorphoses : how Angela Carter became feminism's great mythologist". The Critics. Books. The New Yorker. 93 (4): 71–76. [1] Wisker, Gina. "At Home all was Blood and Feathers: The Werewolf in the Kitchen - Angela Carter
Angela Carter
and Horror". In Clive Bloom (ed), Creepers: British Horror and Fantasy in the Twentieth Century. London
London
and Boulder CO: Pluto Press, 1993, pp. 161–75.

External links[edit]

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Works by Angela Carter

Novels

Shadow Dance The Magic Toyshop Several Perceptions Heroes and Villains Love The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman The Passion of New Eve Nights at the Circus Wise Children

Short fiction

Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces The Bloody Chamber The Bridegroom Black Venus American Ghosts and Old World Wonders Burning Your Boats

Dramatic works

The Curious Room The Holy Family Album

Children's books

The Donkey Prince Comic and Curious Cats

Non-fiction

The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography

Film adaptations

The Company of Wolves The Magic Toyshop

Related

Anagrams of Desire

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