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Angela Carter is best known as a novelist, having won several awards for her long fiction. Her earliest novels were surreal without being overtly supernatural, but after Heroes and Villains (1969) she made increasing use of fantastic devices, developing phantasmagorical symbolic landscapes of an extraordinary complexity in The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972) and The Passion of New Eve (1977). She also wrote a great deal of journalistic criticism, collected in Shaking a Leg (1997).