Angela Carter

(1940_1992 / Eastbourne)

Angela Carter Quotes

  • ''It was as lovely a summer as those that precede wars.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Penguin. "Elegy for a Freelance," Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, p. 117 (1974).
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  • ''I haven't changed much, over the years. I use less adjectives, now, and have a kinder heart, perhaps.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. Expletives Deleted, introduction, Vintage (1992).
  • ''Soon, nostalgia will be another name for Europe.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, review of John Berger, Once in Europa, The Washington Post (1989).
  • ''[T]ea, that uniquely English meal, that unnecessary collation at which no stimulants—neither alcohol nor meat—are served, that comforting repast of which to partake is as good as second childhood.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, ntroduction to Walter de la Mare, Memoirs of a Midget, Oxford University Press (1982).
  • ''A day without an argument is like an egg without salt.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. Expletives Deleted, introduction, Vintage (1992).
  • ''He is, I think, already pondering a magisterial project: that of buggering the English language, the ultimate revenge of the colonialised.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, essay on James Joyce, New Society (1982). Describing a photograph of James Joyce taken in 1904.
  • ''Strangers used to gather together at the cinema and sit together in the dark, like Ancient Greeks participating in the mysteries, dreaming the same dream in unison.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, review of Robert Coover, A Night at the Movies, The Guardian (1987).
  • ''Hollywood ... was the place where the United States perpetrated itself as a universal dream and put the dream into mass production.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, review of several books about Hollywood movies, The Guardian (1988).
  • ''Since the fin has come a little early this siecle and anomie is all the rage, wry, dry tenderness is a suspect commodity.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, essay on Grace Paley's fiction, London Review of Books (1980).
  • ''A book is simply the container of an idea—like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.''
    Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. Expletives Deleted, introduction, Vintage (1992).

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