Angela Carter – who studied at the University of Bristol and lived in the city for nearly a decade – is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and beguiling writers of the last century. Her work stands out for its bawdiness and linguistic zest, its hospitality to the fantastic and the absurd and its extraordinary inventiveness and range. Her life was as modern and as unconventional as anything in her fiction. By the time of her tragic and untimely death at the age of fifty-one, she was firmly established as an iconoclastic writer whose fearlessly original work had reinvigorated the literary landscape and inspired a new generation.
Edmund Gordon tells the story of how Angela Carter invented herself – as a new kind of woman and a new kind of writer – and how she came to write such seductive works as The Bloody Chamber, Nights at the Circus and Wise Children. He has followed in Carter’s footsteps to uncover a life rich in incident and adventure. With unrestricted access to her manuscripts, letters and journals and informed by dozens of interviews with her friends and family, he offers a definitive portrait of one of the most distinctive literary voices of the last 100 years.
He will be in conversation with Christopher Frayling.
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