Angela Carter eBooks
Angela Carter was an English novelist who was named as one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. Born in Eastbourne in 1940, she was evacuated to Yorkshire during World War II. She moved to London for high school, after which she worked at the Croydon Advertiser. She studied English literature at the University of Bristol.
Carter’s first book, Shadow Dance, was published in 1966, as were her two poetry collections, Five Quiet Shouters and Unicorn. Her 1968 novel, Several Perceptions, earned her a Somerset Maugham Award. She used the monetary prize to leave her husband and move to Japan. Her experiences there would influence her 1974 short story collection, Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, as well as her 1972 novel, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman.
Carter spent a large part of the late 1970s and 1980s as a writer in residence at various universities in the US, UK, and Australia. During this time, she became interested in the work of the Marquis de Sade. She published The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography in 1979. The same year, she published her influential short story collection, The Bloody Chamber.
Known for her feminist writing, Carter was also a prolific writer of articles for a number of periodicals, including The Guardian. Some of her articles were collected in 1997’s Shaking a Leg. She also wrote dramatic works, including radio plays, and five books for children.
At the time of her death in 1992, Carter had written and edited over thirty books. She left her final book, a sequel to Jane Eyre, unfinished.