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Angela Carter

Angela Carter

Angela Carter (1940–1992)

was born in Eastbourne and brought up in south Yorkshire. One of Britain’s most original and disturbing writers, she read English at Bristol University and wrote her first novel, Shadow Dance, in 1965. The Magic Toyshop won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1969 and Several Perceptions won the Somerset Maugham Prize in 1968. More novels followed and in 1974 her translation of the fairy tales of Charles Perrault was published, and in the early nineties she edited the Virago Book of Fairy Tales. Her journalism appeared in almost every major publication; a collection of the best of these were published by Virago in Nothing Sacred (1982). She also wrote poetry and a film script together with Neil Jordan of her story The Company of Wolves. Her last novel, Wise Children, was published to widespread acclaim in 1991. Angela Carter’s death at age fifty-one in February 1992 ‘robbed the English literary scene of one of its most vivacious and compelling voices’ – Independent.