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Angela Carter’s taste for the fantastic

In both her fiction and her life Angela Carter was fearless, says Anne Chisholm

By Anne Chisholm   October 2016

Angela Carter paid the price for being so resolutely wayward and opinionated ©LIAM WHITE/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography by Edmund Gordon (Chatto & Windus, £25)

The question of Angela Carter’s literary standing, both during her lifetime and since her death at the height of her powers in 1992, is not easily settled. She arrived with a bang: her first two novels, Shadow Dance (1966) and The Magic Toyshop (1967),…

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