Angela Carter

(1940_1992 / Eastbourne)

Angela Carter Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. interview in Marxism Today (London, Jan. 1985). On being a mother for the first time, at age 43.
  • ''Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.... You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British author. Marxism Today (London, Jan. 1985).
  • ''In a secular age, an authentic miracle must purport to be a hoax, in order to gain credit in the world.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 1, ch. 1, Chatto & Windus (1984).
  • ''What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many?''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 1, ch. 2, Chatto & Windus (1984).
  • ''When Walser first put on his make-up, he looked in the mirror and did not recognise himself ... he experienced the freedom that lies behind the mask, within dissimulation.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 2, ch. 1, Chatto & Windus (1984). The hero contemplates his face shortly after applying clown makeup.
  • ''Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 1, ch. 1, Chatto & Windus (1984).
  • ''Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 3, ch. 11, Chatto & Windus (1984).
  • ''For one moment, just one moment, Fevvers suffered the worst crisis of her life: "Am I fact? Or am I fiction? Am I what I know I am? Or am I what he thinks I am?"''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. Nights at the Circus, part 3, ch. 10, Chatto & Windus (1984). Carter's heroine confronts Walser, her long-lost love and journalist-biographer.

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