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24 October 2017: Author Feature: Angela Carter

 This week we shall be focusing on a specific author. Known for her feminism, magical realism and picaresque writings, Angela Carter is classed highly in twentieth century authors. In 2008 The Times rated Carter tenth in their list of ‘The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.’ Many of her works are core examination texts at A-Level and University standard. Hailed for her prolific fiction works, Carter was also a journalist and regular contributor to The Guardian, The Independent and New Statesman. 

We have recently acquired many works by Angela Carter, several of which are her most celebrated.
 
The first work up for discussion is our first edition copy of Nights at the Circus. This novel, alike to many of Carter’s works, play upon the traditional structure of the ‘fairy tale’ whilst incorporating themes of feminism and magical realism.
 
This fine novel won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize  the year it was published. The narrative of this work  centres on the gymnast and circus performer Sophie  Fevvers and her interaction with the young journalist Jack Walser.
 
 Our copy of this work is a first edition, first impression.   It is also held in the highly decorative unclipped   dustwrapper. Click here to see our copy. 
 
 Carter is well known for her adaptations and use of fairy tales and their structure. We have a collection of Carter’s fairy tales that were first published together in 1992. This collection, titled Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales, is edited by Jeanette Winterson. The stories are little known tales from across the world, with women as the central character. The female protagonists include warriors, enchantresses and revenge seeking women. Our copy is a first thus, published in 2005. The work is illustrated throughout with many beautiful designs by Corinna Sargood. Our listing can be found here.
American Ghosts and Old Wonders is another collection of short stories. 
 
There are nine short stories in total, half of which are based upon American folklore and the other half on older myths and fairytales. Carter had a knack for adapting and making traditional tales her own, often heightening and creating feminist elements. Our copy is a first edition, held in the original dustwrapper. The dustwrapper depicts Georges de la Tour’s The Wrightsman Magdalene. Click here to see our copy.  

Carter also adapted many of her short stories for radio and wrote many screenplays. Two of her works were adapted for film, The Company of Wolves (1984) and The Magic Toyshop (1987). These screenplays along with five radio plays and her draft of a libretto for an opera based on Virginia Woolf’s Orlando are present in the work The Curious Room.
 
Several of the radio plays are adaptations of her  previous works and others are originals. In addition  to the produced screenplays mentioned previously, this work also contains the unproduced screenplays Gun for the Devil and The Christchurch  Murders as well as a stage adaptation of Frank  Wedekind’s Lulu Plays.
Our copy is a first edition, first impression. The  works have been collected and edited, with production notes, by Mark Bell. With an introduction   by British author Susannah Clapp.  
Click here to see our listing.
 
We also have several works of literary criticism by Carter such as her Expletives Deleted. This anthology contains thirty-five of Carter’s works, which cover a decade of her thoughts. These thoughts cover a wide range of interests and knowledge. She discusses her thoughts from Jane Eyre to J G Ballard’s Empire of The Sun. Our copy of this work is a first thus and can be found here.

This is just a small sample of the works by  this fascinating author that we have in our library. To view our full Angela Carter selection, click here
 
 

 

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