Angela Carter: Biography

Angela Carter

07 maj 1940

Angela Carter was an English novelist and writer of short stories, born in Eastbourne in 1940. She is well known for her feminist works which often belonged to the magical realist genre. Carter was an extremely prolific writer during her lifetime, and published a total of 9 novels, 7 collections of short stories, 3 poetry collections, 5 books for children and many works of non-fiction and radio plays and edited many collections of poetry and fiction.

While she was still a young girl, Angela Carter was evacuated, alongside her grandmother, to the Yorkshire countryside. She suffered from anorexia nervosa throughout most of her adolescence and teenage years. She became a writer after having worked as a journalist following her graduation from the University of Bristol with a degree in English Literature. Her works have won a huge number of prizes, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the James Tait award, the Cheltenham Prize, the Kurt Maschler Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

She won many awards during her lifetime, but has also continued to be recognized even decades after her death. Carter was featured on a list of The 50 Greatest British Writers since 1945 which was published by The Times newspaper in 2008. Carter was ranked at number 10. Her novel Nights at the Circus, was selected as the all-time best winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Angela Carter died on 16th February 1992 aged just 51 years old after losing her battle with lung cancer.