The invention of Angela Carter : a biography / Edmund Gordon
- Gordon, Edmund
- New York : Oxford University Press, 
- Physical Description:
- xvii, 525 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
- Machine generated contents note: -- Prologue: 'Alienated is the only way to be' -- <strong>PART ONE</strong> -- Chapter One: 'A matriarchal clan' -- Chapter Two: 'States of grace are always evil' -- Chapter Three: 'Flight from a closed room' -- Chapter Four: 'Just a wife' -- Chapter Five: 'A slapstick nightmare' -- Chapter Six: 'Am I a writer?' -- Chapter Seven: 'Happiness is ego-shaped' -- Chapter Eight: 'The edge of the unimaginable' -- Chapter Nine: 'Vertigo' -- <strong>PART TWO</strong> -- Chapter Ten: 'Through the Looking Glass' -- Chapter Eleven: 'The Smile of Winter' -- Chapter Twelve: 'A child's version of a happy city' -- <strong>PART THREE</strong> -- Chapter Thirteen: 'My now stranger's eye' -- Chapter Fourteen: The Sadeian Woman. -- Chapter Fifteen: 'Jurassic productions' -- Chapter Sixteen: The University -- Chapter Seventeen: the London literary world -- Chapter Eighteen: 'Everything is so unreal' -- Chapter Nineteen: Nights at the Circus. -- Chapter Twenty: not feeling anxious' -- Chapter Twenty-One: Sudden Fame -- Chapter Twenty-Two: Age of Thatcher -- Chapter Twenty-Three: Activist -- Chapter Twenty-Four: 'Call it a happy ending' -- Chapter Twenty-Five: 'Farewell performance'.
- "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"--
- 9780190626846 hardcover
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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