|Born||Angela Olive Stalker
7 May 1940
|Died||16 February 1992
Angela Carter (7 May 1940 – 16 February 1992) was an English novelist and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works. In 2008, The Times ranked Carter tenth in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2012, Nights at the Circus was selected as the best ever winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne, in 1940, Carter was evacuated as a child to live in Yorkshire with her maternal grandmother. As a teenager she battled anorexia. After attending Streatham & Clapham High School, in south London, she began work as a journalist on the Croydon Advertiser, following in the footsteps of her father. Carter attended the University of Bristol where she studied English literature.
She married twice, first in 1960 to Paul Carter. They separated in 1970. In 1969 Angela Carter used the proceeds of her Somerset Maugham Award to leave her husband and relocate for two years to Tokyo, Japan, where she claims in Nothing Sacred (1982) that she "learnt what it is to be a woman and became radicalised." 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 essay The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography appeared. In the essay, according to the writer Marina Warner, Carter "deconstructs the arguments that underly The Bloody Chamber. Its 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. "
As well as being a prolific writer of fiction, Carter contributed many articles to The Guardian, The Independent and New Statesman, collected in Shaking a Leg. She adapted a number of her short stories for radio and wrote two original radio dramas on Richard Dadd and Ronald Firbank. Two of her fictions have been adapted for the silver screen: The Company of Wolves (1984) and The Magic Toyshop (1987). She was actively involved in both film 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 won the 1984 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for literature.
Angela Carter died aged 51 in 1992 at her home in London after developing lung cancer.
- Shadow Dance (1966) aka Honeybuzzard
- The Magic Toyshop (1967)
- Several Perceptions (1968)
- Heroes and Villains (1969)
- Love (1971)
- The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972) aka The War of Dreams
- The Passion of New Eve (1977)
- Nights at the Circus (1984)
- Wise Children (1991)
Short fiction 
- 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 (1993)
- Burning Your Boats (1995)
Poetry collections 
- Five Quiet Shouters (1966)
- Unicorn (1966)
Dramatic works 
- 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 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 
- The Donkey Prince (1970) illustrated by Eros Keith
- Miss Z, the Dark Young Lady (1970) illustrated by Eros Keith
- 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
- 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" copyright 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).
Works as editor 
- Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: An Anthology of Subversive Stories (1986)
- The Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1990) aka The Old Wives' Fairy Tale Book
- The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1992) aka 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)
Works as translator 
- The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (1977)
- Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales (1982) (Perrault stories and two Madame Leprince de Beaumont stories)
Film adaptations 
- The Company of Wolves (1984) adapted by Carter with Neil Jordan from her short story of the same name, "Wolf-Alice" and "The Werewolf"
- The Magic Toyshop (1987) adapted by Carter from her novel of the same name
Radio plays 
- 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 (1980) adapted by Carter from her short story of the same name, "Wolf-Alice" and "The Werewolf", 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)
Works on Angela Carter 
- 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
- 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 Journal, 6:2 (December 2005): 15–31.
- Kérchy, Anna (2008), Body-Texts in the Novels of Angela Carter. Writing from a Corporeagraphic Perspective. Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press
- Topping, Angela (2009), Focus on The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories London: The Greenwich Exchange
- Enright, Anne (17 February 2011). "Diary". London Review of Books 33 (4): 38–39. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
- The 50 greatest British writers since 1945. 5 January 2008. The Times. Retrieved on 2010-03-05.
- Alison Flood (6 December 2012). "Angela Carter named best ever winner of James Tait Black award". The Guardian. Retrieved December 06, 2012.
- Marina Warner, speaking on Radio Three's the Verb, February 2012
- Clapp, Susannah (29 January 2006). "The greatest swinger in town". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 25 April 2010.
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- Angela Carter at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Angela Carter Timeline. The Guardian.
- "Angela Carter remembered" Daily Telegraph 03 May 2010
- A Conversation with Angela Carter by Anna Katsavos
- Angela Carter in conversation about her life and work, 1988, British Library
- Essay on Colette Vol. 2 No. 19 · 2 October 1980 London Review of Books by Angela Carter.