Angela Carter


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Carter, Angela,

1940–92, English writer. She was a newspaper reporter before studying at the Univ. of Bristol (B.A., 1965), where she explored medieval literature, Freud, surrealism, and feminism, all of which were to exert powerful influences on her work. Her early novels, Shadow Dance (1966) and The Magic Toyshop (1967, film 1986), are Gothic works filled with violence. After translating (1976) Charles PerraultPerrault, Charles
, 1628–1703, French poet. His collections of eight fairy tales, Histoires ou contes du temps passé [stories or tales of olden times] (1697) gave classic form to the traditional stories of Bluebeard, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Puss in
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's fairy tales, she began her finest and most famous book, The Bloody Chamber (1979), sensual and strangely beautiful adaptations of fairy tales such as Beauty and the Beast and Bluebeard. The film Company of Wolves (1984), which she cowrote, is adapted from that collection's version of Little Red Riding Hood. Her other novels include The Passion of New Eve (1977), Nights at the Circus (1984), and Wise Children (1991). Her short stories are collected in Burning Your Boats (1995) and her miscellaneous articles in Nothing Sacred (1992) and Shaking a Leg (1998). She also wrote the nonfiction feminist study The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography (1979) and children's books.

Bibliography

See biography by E. Gordon (2017); studies by L. Tucker, ed. (1998), A. Day (1998), L. Sage (2006 and, as ed., 2009), A. Easton, ed. (2000), S. Gamble (2009), L. Peach (2009), S. Andermahr and L. Phillips, ed. (2012), J. Bristow and T. L. Broughton (2014), and C. Frayling (2015).

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