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The invention of Angela Carter : a biography

Author: Edmund Gordon
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Angela Carter; Angela Carter
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund Gordon
ISBN: 9780190626846 0190626844
OCLC Number: 950450491
Description: xvii, 525 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. A matriarchal clan --
2. 'States of grace are always evil --
3. Flight from a closed room --
4. Just a wife --
5. A slapstick nightmare --
6. Giving the flash more substance --
7. Happiness is ego-shaped --
8. The edge of the unimaginable' --
9. Vertigo --
10. The dressing-up box of the heart --
11. Blueprints for new lifestyles --
12. Constructing a personality --
13. Yet another foreign country --
14. Isn't the identity fragile? --
15. The silences with which the English compose intimacies --
16. The tales of terror groove --
17. No. I lash lady --
18. American ghosts --
19. A psychedelic Dickens --
20. Doomed to love --
21. A lifestyle of paradoxical propriety --
22. I refuse to play in tragedy --
23. Perhaps writing is a matter of life and death --
24. Call it a happy ending --
25. How sweet it was! --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Edmund Gordon.

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"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."--

"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"--

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