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Angela Carter was a prolific writer in many genres throughout the later twentieth century. Best known for her novels and short stories, she also wrote plays (for radio, screen and stage), poetry, children's stories, journal articles, an opera libretto, and a critical work on the Marquis de Sade (as well as on pornography and women's relation to it). A translator of Charles Perrault's fairy tales, she edited several fairy-tale collections, and an anthology of women's tales. Her name is prominent in critical discussion of various recent modes of fiction: magic realist, gothic, and feminist.
7 May 1940 Angela Stalker (later AC) was born at Eastbourne in Sussex, where her family was evacuated because of the second world war. Bibliographic Citation link.
January 1979 AC published her collection of re-imagined fairy tales, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 28 September 1984 AC published her witty and exuberant magic realist novel Nights at the Circus, featuring a winged heroine. Bibliographic Citation link.
December 1991 AC's last television script, "The Holy Family Album", was shown, to predictable controversy and outrage. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 February 1992 AC died of lung cancer at home in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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