Welcome to the official website of late Angela Carter, novelist, poet, short story writer & one of the most original voices in the 20th century English literature.

This website is aimed at the general reader.   It contains information on her books, her publishers, how to contact the Estate as well as news about forthcoming reissues, other books and links to interviews and articles.


 

Biography Prize for The Invention of Angela Carter

Edmund Gordon has won the Biographers’ Club Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2017 for The Invention of Angela Carter, a finely judged and elegantly written biography, in which Gordon teases out the truth behind Angela Carter’s fictions about her own life, while recounting the brilliant and volatile career of this born writer, critic and fabulist.

 

Sam Leith, Literary Editor of The Spectator and judge of the Best First Biography Prize commented ‘This was an exceptional shortlist, in which every book showed not only thorough knowledge of its subject but deep and sympathetic understanding. From the Tudor court, to the battlefields of the First World War, from a busy Obs/Gynae ward on the NHS to the august halls of the National Gallery, from a book-lined study to a Japanese love-hotel, we were thoroughly immersed, too, in the worlds these books inhabit. In the end, though, we had to pick a first among equals. And for its elegant writing, fastidious research and becomingly modest yet entirely authoritative portrait of its fascinating subject and her unique work, we chose Edmund Gordon’s The Invention Of Angela Carter as our winner.’

Recent News

A Warm Biography of the Fantastical, Feminist Angela Carter
By Dwight Garner (New York Times) The English writer Angela Carter (1940-1992) tended to look, one observer said, “like someone
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Breaking the Spell

Breaking the Spell
For Angela Carter, literature had the power to upend the fictions that regulate our world. By Namara Smith (from The
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"Pussy" - a musical adaptation of Angela Carter.
Pussy is a musical adaptation of Angela Carter’s radio play and short story Puss-in-Boots from her well-known collection of short
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The life and work of Angela Carter [timeline]
Award-winning author Angela Carter is widely viewed as one of the great modern English writers. Known for her use of
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Selected Works

Burning Your Boats

book cover: Burning Your Boats
 This volume presents Carter's considerable legacy of short fiction gathered from published books, and includes early and previously unpublished stories ...
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American Ghosts…

book cover: American Ghosts and Old World Wonders
A collection of short stories which tear through the archives of cinema, of art and of the subconscious. A young ...
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Black Venus

book cover: Black Venus
Black Venus (also published as Saints and Strangers), is an anthology of short fiction. Angela Carter takes real people and ...
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Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces

book cover for Fireworks Nine Profane Pieces
In this collection of nine short stories, Carter pinpoints the symbolism of city streets and weaves allegories around forests and ...
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