The Invention of Angela Carter

The Invention of Angela Carter

A Biography

Book - 2017
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"With unprecedented access to its subject's personal records and informed by fresh, unvarnished anecdotes from family, friends, and colleagues, Edmund Gordon's biography provides the first full account of Angela Carter's amazing life and enduring work"-- Provided by publisher.
"Widely acknowledged as one of the most important English writers of the last century, Angela Carter's work stands out for its bawdiness and linguistic zest, its hospitality to the fantastical and the absurd, and its extraordinary inventiveness and range. Her life was as vigorously modern and unconventional as anything in her fiction. This is the story of how Angela Carter invented herself - as a new kind of woman and a new kind of writer - and how she came to write such seductive and distinctive masterworks as The Bloody Chamber, Nights at the Circus, and Wise Children. Because its subject so powerfully embodied the spirit of the times, the book also provides a fresh perspective on Britain's social and cultural history in the second half of the twentieth century. It examines such topics as the 1960s counterculture, the social and imaginative conditions of the nuclear age, and the advent of second wave feminism. Author Edmund Gordon has followed in Angela Carter's footsteps - travelling to the places she lived in Britain, Japan, and the USA - to uncover a life rich in adventure and incident. With unrestricted access to her manuscripts, letters, and journals, and informed by interviews with Carter's friends and family, Gordon offers an unrivalled portrait of one of the twentieth century's most dazzlingly original writers. This sharply written narrative will be the definitive biography for years to come."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780190626846
0190626844
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 823.914 CARTER 2017
Characteristics: xvii, 525 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm

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clarehowell
Sep 12, 2017

A fine biography of a unique talent. Ms. Carter remains a mystery, but we now know the details of how she went about writing her strange, wondrous tales. Edmund Gordon's work brings to mind Richard Ellmann's magisterial bios of Joyce and Wilde. It's that good.

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