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English Heritage commemorates Virago author Angela Carter

Angela Carter


Angela Carter


English Heritage has commemorated the legacy of award winning novelist Angela Carter with a blue plaque at her former home in Clapham.


It was at this house, 107, The Chase, that Carter spent the last sixteen years of her life. She often tutored her then student, Kazuo Ishiguro, at the kitchen table and received fellow writers – J.G. Ballard, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie – as guests. Author Salman Rushdie, said: ‘Angela Carter was incredibly kind and generous to young writers, including me. She was also one of the true originals of English literature, both fabulist and feminist, and her richness of language was and remains a treasure.’
Carter’s unique, witty and widely acclaimed novels include Nights at the Circus, with its unforgettable trapeze-artist heroine, and Wise Children, a comedy about seventy-five-year-old twin chorus-girls. 
The English Heritage London Blue Plaques scheme is generously supported by David Pearl and members of the public.