14 Facts About Angela Carter


Angela Olive Pearce, who published under the name Angela Carter, was an English novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works.


Angela Carter is best known for her book The Bloody Chamber, which was published in 1979.


Angela Carter attended the University of Bristol where she studied English literature.


Angela Carter married twice, first in 1960 to Paul Carter, divorcing in 1972.


Angela Carter wrote about her experiences there in articles for New Society and a collection of short stories, Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, and evidence of her experiences in Japan can be seen in The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman.


Angela Carter then explored the United States, Asia and Europe, helped by her fluency in French and German.


Angela Carter spent much of the late 1970s and 1980s as a writer in residence at universities, including the University of Sheffield, Brown University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of East Anglia.


In 1977, Angela Carter met Mark Pearce, with whom she had one son and whom she married shortly before her death.


Angela Carter was much more independent-minded than the traditional feminist of her time.


Angela Carter adapted a number of her short stories for radio and wrote two original radio dramas on Richard Dadd and Ronald Firbank.


Angela Carter was actively involved in both adaptations; her screenplays are published in the collected dramatic writings, The Curious Room, together with her radio scripts, a libretto for an opera of Virginia Woolf's Orlando: A Biography, an unproduced screenplay entitled The Christchurch Murders, and other works.


Angela Carter's last novel, Wise Children, is a surreal wild ride through British theatre and music hall traditions.


Angela Carter died aged 51 in 1992 at her home in London after developing lung cancer.


Angela Carter wrote two entries in "A Hundred Things Japanese" published in 1975 by the Japan Culture Institute.