Quotations From ANGELA CARTER

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  • 31.
    Sad; so sad, those smoky-rose, smoky-mauve evenings of late Autumn, sad enough to pierce the heart.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Black Venus, Chatto & Windus (1985). "Black Venus," p. 9, "Next Editions" (1980).

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  • 32.
    I think it's one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. Marxism Today (London, Jan. 1985).

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  • 33.
    The notion of a universality of human experience is a confidence trick and the notion of a universality of female experience is a clever confidence trick.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. "Polemical Preface," The Sadeian Woman (1979).
  • 34.
    In the mythic schema of all relations between men and women, man proposes, and woman is disposed of.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. "Polemical Preface," The Sadeian Woman (1979).

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  • 35.
    I think the adjective "post-modernist" really means "mannerist." Books about books is fun but frivolous.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. Novelists in Interview, ed. John Haffenden (1985).

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  • 36.
    It is, perhaps, better to be valued as an object of passion than never to be valued at all.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Souvenir of Japan," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, pp. 7-8 (1974). Explaining her exotic status as a Western woman in Japan, a "man's country."

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  • 37.
    If Miss means respectably unmarried, and Mrs. respectably married, then Ms. means nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. "The Language of Sisterhood," The State of the Language (1980).

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  • 38.
    Her face had the seamed reserve of the old in this country [Japan]. It was a neighborhood poignantly rich in old ladies.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Souvenir of Japan," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, p. 4 (1974).
  • 39.
    Reciprocity of sensation is not possible because to share is to be robbed.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. "Speculative Finale," The Sadeian Woman (1979).
  • 40.
    It is far easier for a woman to lead a blameless life than it is for a man; all she has to do is to avoid sexual intercourse like the plague.
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. Wayward Girls and Wicked Women, introduction, ed. Angela Carter (1986).

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