Biography (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
Angela Carter was born Angela Olive Stalker. She spent the war years in Yorkshire with her grandmother before attending school in Balham. She was a junior reporter on the Croydon Advertiser when she married Paul Carter in 1960. Angela Carter read English at the University of Bristol from 1962 through 1965 and published her first novel, Shadow Dance, a year after graduating. She won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for Several Perceptions and the Somerset Maugham Award for The Magic Toyshop, a deftly caustic allegory of female maturation and eventual empowerment.
Carter lived in Japan for more than two years before her divorce in 1972. Her writings of this period became increasingly phantasmagorical. Love is an intense study of the dark waywardness of passion. The futuristic fantasy Heroes and Villains depicts a post-Holocaust world whose ruined cities are inhabited by professors and soldiers, while forests metamorphosed by mutation are gradually reclaiming the earth. The protagonist of The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman undertakes a bizarre quest to rescue the world from a threatened annihilation of reason and reality. He moves across a phantasmagoric landscape whose symbolism reflects the most secret, shameful, and yet cherished impulses of the human heart. Such journeys from decadent order to a chaos that is pregnant with new possibilities in spite of its brutality became the basic...
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Biography (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
Angela Olive Carter was born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne, soon after the outbreak of World War II. She was evacuated to Yorkshire to live with her grandmother, returning south after the war’s end to attend school in Balham in south London. After leaving school she worked as a junior reporter on the Croydon Advertiser. She married Paul Carter in 1960. She read English at the University of Bristol from 1962 to 1965 and published her first novel, Shadow Dance, a year after graduating.
Carter lived in Japan for more than two years before her divorce in 1972, and there was a distinct hiatus in her work thereafter, although her productivity increased again after she became the Arts Council Fellow in creative writing at the University of Sheffield in 1976—an appointment she held for two years. She returned to London thereafter, eventually settling with Mark Pearce, the father of her son Alexander, who was born in 1983. During the 1980’s she taught creative writing for brief periods at a number of universities, including Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, the University of Adelaide in Australia, and the University of East Anglia in England. She died of lung cancer in 1992.
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Biography (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
Angela Olive Stalker was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, England, on May 7, 1940. After working as a journalist from 1958 to 1961 in Croyden, Surrey, she attended Bristol University, from which she received a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1965. While married to Paul Carter between 1960 and 1972, she traveled widely and lived for several years in Japan. From 1976 to 1978, she served as Arts Council of Great Britain Fellow in Creative Writing at Sheffield University. She was a visiting professor at Brown University, the University of Texas, Austin, and the University of Iowa. She spent the last years of her life in London, living with Mark Pearce, the father of her son Alexander, who was born in 1983. She died of lung cancer in London on February 16, 1992.
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When Angela Carter died of cancer on February 16, 1992, she was only 51-years-old. In her relatively short lifetime, she wrote nine novels, dozens of short stories, a volume of poetry, and numerous essays on cultural and literary themes. Her work is known for its lush, imagistic prose, gothic themes, violence, and an undercurrent of eroticism. Critics have considered her a female Edgar Allan Poe and compared her to the English decadent artist Aubrey Beardsley.
She was born Angela Olive Stalker in London, England, on May 7, 1940. In 1960 she married Paul Carter (the couple divorced in 1972). In 1962, she began her studies in medieval English literature at Bristol University in England, where she also developed an interest in anthropology and French literature. In 1966 her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published. Set in an antiques shop, it concerned a pathological love triangle and exhibited elements of the fantastic that bloomed fully in her later novels. Her next two novels, The Magic Toyshop and Several Perceptions, experimented with elements of science fiction and magic realism. They were well-received by critics and were awarded the John Llewllyn Rhys Memorial Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award, respectively.
In 1979, Carter published The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography, a nonfiction work in which she took a feminist view of the Marquis de Sade, an eighteenth-century French nobleman and author...
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Carter was born in Eastborne, England, in 1940, the daughter of Hugh and Olive Stalker. It was the beginning of World War II and, fearing Hitler’s approach, the family soon moved to South Yorkshire, where Carter was raised by her mother and maternal grandmother. After the war the family returned to the London area. Carter reports a close relationship with her father, a journalist originally from Scotland, but also claims that he was overprotective of her. In adolescence she suffered from anorexia, which she attributes to her family’s sexual conservatism. Nevertheless, writes Alison Lee in her study Angela Carter, ‘‘the picture she paints of her family life is generally affectionate and her depiction of her childhood home highlights its dreamlike aura.’’ She hated school and, against her mother’s wishes, did not apply to university. Her father helped Carter secure a job as a journalist.
In 1960 she married Paul Carter, an industrial chemist, and moved to Bristol. Soon bored with life as a housewife, she began a degree in English at Bristol University. She graduated in 1965 with a specialization in medieval literature. Over one summer vacation, she wrote her first novel, Shadow Dance, which was published in 1966. She quickly wrote several other novels that were very well received. In 1968, separating from her husband, she took the prize money from a literary award and moved to Japan. It was there, she wrote in Nothing...
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