Angela Carter

Angela Carter bigraphy, stories - novelist and journalist

Angela Carter : biography

7 May 1940 – 16 February 1992

Angela Carter (7 May 1940 – 16 February 1992) was an English novelist and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works. In 2008, The Times ranked Carter tenth in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".. 5 January 2008. The Times. Retrieved on 2010-03-05. In 2012, Nights at the Circus was selected as the best ever winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

Works as author


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

Short fiction

  • 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)

Dramatic works

  • Come Unto These Yellow Sands: Four Radio Plays (1985)
  • The Curious Room: Plays, Film Scripts and an Opera (1996) (includes Carter’s screenplays for adaptations of The Company of Wolves and The Magic Toyshop; also includes the contents of Come Unto These Golden Sands: Four Radio Plays)
  • The Holy Family Album (1991)

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)

She wrote two entries in "A Hundred Things Japanese" copyright 1975 by the Japan Culture Institute. ISBN 0-87040-364-8 It says "She has lived in Japan both from 1969 to 1971 and also during 1974" (p 202).

Works as editor

  • Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: An Anthology of Subversive Stories (1986)
  • The Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1990) aka The Old Wives’ Fairy Tale Book
  • The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1992) aka 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)

Works as translator

  • The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault (1977)
  • Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales (1982) (Perrault stories and two Madame Leprince de Beaumont stories)

Film adaptations

  • The Company of Wolves (1984) adapted by Carter with Neil Jordan from her short story of the same name, "Wolf-Alice" and "The Werewolf"
  • The Magic Toyshop (1987) adapted by Carter from her novel of the same name

Radio plays

  • Vampirella (1976) written by Carter and directed by Glyn Dearman for BBC. Formed the basis for the short story "The Lady of the House of Love".
  • Come Unto These Yellow Sands (1979)
  • The Company of Wolves (1980) adapted by Carter from her short story of the same name, "Wolf-Alice" and "The Werewolf", and directed by Glyn Dearman for BBC
  • Puss-in-Boots (1982) adapted by Carter from her short story and directed by Glyn Dearman for BBC
  • A Self-Made Man (1984)