Angela Carter, 1940 - 1992
Biography of Angela Carter
Angela Carter, a British novelist, was born as
Angela Olive Stalker in the town of Eastbourne in the year 1940.
While still young, Angela and her maternal grandmother were
evacuated to Yorkshire, where she suffered from anorexia for the
majority of her teenage years.
Her first writing position was with the Croydon Advertiser where she
worked as a journalist. She went on to attend the University of
Bristol and obtain a degree in English literature.
Her first husband was Paul Carter, who she
married in 1960. After nine years of marriage, Angela left her
husband using the money which she had won through the Somerset
Maugham Award and she moved to Tokyo for two years. Her experience
in Japan was immortalized in 1974 in Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces,
a series of short stories, as well as in her book, The Infernal
Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman which was written in 1972.
After leaving Japan, Angela Carter spent many years writing at
different universities in Europe and the United States such as Brown
University in the U.S. the University of Adelaide in Australia, and
the University of East Anglia in England. She married again in 1977
to a man named Mark Pearce. Their marriage resulted in the birth of
Carter wrote many novels, works of nonfiction, anthologies, as well
as several articles. These articles include The Independent, The
Guardian, and New Statesman. Many of her famous short stories were
released on the radio and a couple of her fictional works were made
into films. In addition to completing her own works, she also
attempted to write a sequel to the famous book, Jane Eyre, which was
written by Charlotte Bronte. However, she passed away before it
could be completed.
Her novels include Shadow Dance, The Magic Toyshop, Heroes and
Villains, Several Perceptions, The Donkey Prince, Miss Z in 1970,
Love, The Music People, Moonshadow, Nights at the Circus which was a
winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Artificial Fire, Wise
Children, and Sea-Cat & Dragon King which was released posthumously
Her anthologies include Expletives Deleted in 1974, The Bloody
Chamber, Comic and Curious Cats, American Ghosts and Old World
Wonders, Black Venus, and Burning Your Boats in 1995.
Angela Carter also published three works of nonfiction including The
Sadeian Woman & the Ideology of Pornography in 1978, Nothing Sacred
in 1982, and Images of Frida Kahlo in 1989.
She was diagnosed with lung cancer in the year 1991, the same year
she published her novel Wise Children, and passed away the year
after at the age of 52. She was named one of the most examined of
English writers fifteen years after her premature death.
known 20th Century novelists