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Angela Carter


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Angela Carter (7 May 1940 – 16 February 1992) was an English novelist and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works. In 2008, The Times ranked Carter tenth in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". more »

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  • My mother ... believed fiction gave one an unrealistic view of the world. Once she caught me reading a novel and chastised me: "Never let me catch you doing that again, remember what happened to Emma ...
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. Expletives Deleted, introduction, Vintage (1992).
  • I always used to suffer a great deal if I let myself get too close to reality since the definitive world of the everyday with its hard edges and harsh light did not have enough resonance to echo the d...
    Angela Carter (1942-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Flesh and the Mirror," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, p. 69 (1974).
  • ''Just because we're sisters under the skin doesn't mean we've got much in common.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. Guardian (London, Oct. 25, 1990).
  • ''If the Barbarians are destroyed, who will we then be able to blame for the bad things?''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Heroes and Villains, ch. 1, William Heineman (1969).
  • The kind of power mothers have is enormous. Take the skyline of Istanbul—enormous breasts, pathetic little willies, a final revenge on Islam. I was so scared I had to crouch in the bottom of the ...
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. interview by Lorna Sage in New Writing, eds. Malcolm Bradbury and Judy Cooke (1992).
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