Angela Carter

Angela Olive Carter-Pearce (née Stalker, 7 May 1940 – 16 February 1992) was an English writer.

She studied English literature at the University of Bristol, worked as journalist, and was writer in residence at the University of Sheffield, Brown University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of East Anglia.

She died of lung cancer in 1992.


  • 1984 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the novel Nights at the Circus.



  • Shadow Dance (1966) a.k.a. Honeybuzzard
  • The Magic Toyshop (1967)
  • Several Perceptions (1968)
  • Heroes and Villains (1969)
  • Love (1971)
  • The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972) a.k.a. The War of Dreams
  • The Passion of New Eve (1977)
  • Nights at the Circus (1984)
  • Wise Children (1991)

Short-story collections

  • Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces (1974) also published as Fireworks: Nine Stories in Various Disguises and Fireworks
  • The Bloody Chamber (1979)
  • The Bridegroom (1983) (Uncollected short story)
  • Black Venus (1985) published as Saints and Strangers (US)
  • American Ghosts and Old World Wonders (1993)
  • Burning Your Boats (1995)

Poetry collections

  • Five Quiet Shouters (1966)
  • Unicorn (1966)
  • Unicorn: The Poetry of Angela Carter (2015)

Children’s books

  • The Donkey Prince (1970) illustrated by Eros Keith
  • Miss Z, the Dark Young Lady (1970) illustrated by Eros Keith
  • Comic and Curious Cats (1979) illustrated by Martin Leman
  • Moonshadow (1982) illustrated by Justin Todd
  • Sea-Cat and Dragon King (2000) illustrated by Eva Tatcheva


  • The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography (1979)
  • Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings (1982)
  • Expletives Deleted: Selected Writings (1992)
  • Shaking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writing (1997)

As editor

  • Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: An Anthology of Subversive Stories (1986)
  • The Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1990) a.k.a. The Old Wives’ Fairy Tale Book
  • The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1992) a.k.a. Strange Things Still Sometimes Happen: Fairy Tales From Around the World (1993)
  • Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales (2005) (collects the two Virago Books above)

Books about her

  • Dimovitz, Scott A. Angela Carter: Surrealist, Psychologist, Moral Pornographer, 2016.
  • Gordon, Edmund The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography, 2016.

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