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One of our most imaginative and accomplished writers, Angela Carter left behind a dazzling array of work: essays, criticism, and fiction. But it is in her short stories that her extraordinary talents — as a fabulist, feminist, social critic, and weaver of tales — are most penetratingly evident. This volume presents Carter's considerable legacy of short fiction, gathered from published books, and includes early and previously unpublished stories. From reflections on jazz and Japan, through vigorous refashionings of classic folklore and fairy tales, to stunning snapshots of modern life in all its tawdry glory, we are able to chart the evolution of Carter's marvelous, magical vision.

Introduction by Salman Rushdie.

Review:

"If you were writing her literary naissance in the manner of Angela Carter, you'd have to provide a troupe of ghostly godpersons gathered round her typewriter. Oscar Wilde would be there, whispering 'Nothing succeeds like excess' and bestowing the gift of the inverstion of truisms; Sylvia Townsend Warner, with her clutch of ruthless fairies; Edgar Allan Poe, the subject of one of her more spectacular stories, although Carter wears her Rue Morgue with a difference. And Bram Stoker, and Perrault, and Sheridan LeFanu, and George MacDonald, and Mary Shelley, and perhaps even Carson McCullers and a whole gaggle of disreputable tale-telling old grannies." Margaret Atwood

Review:

"Carter's world is strange, dangerous, and beautiful." Alison Lurie, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"An amazing plum pudding...you should not miss this book." Margaret Atwood, Toronto Globe & Mail

Review:

"A treasure chest of literary and aesthetic experience...mysterious, glamorous, beautiful." Carolyn See, The Washington Post

Review:

"Carter's ability to probe the secret places in the human psyche, where mysterious erotic longings and unacknowledged links with the unearthly lie buried, verges on the supernatural." The Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Her imagination was one of the most dazzling of this century." Marina Warner

Review:

"Shortly before her death in 1992, British author Angela Carter collected these tales of cunning, magic, and myth spanning cultures from the Sudan to 'USA Hillbilly.' All are told from a feminine, though not necessarily feminist, perspective, and sorted into chapters by the common folklore themes of strong minds, black arts, beautiful people, mothers and daughters, married women, and useful stories. Each is labeled by country of origin, accompanied by brief but perceptive appendix notes taken from Carter's writings, and illustrated by folk-art woodcuts. Alert readers will spot the germs of plots that appear in the more well known stories of Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. Carter's attention to voice makes her collection especially suitable for read-alouds or storytelling. A solid purchase for any folklore collection." Candace Smith, BookList

Review:

"In the 1980s, (Carter) was happy and at the height of her powers. And in the 1990s, far too soon, she died and left us wanting more. What becomes ever clearer as one reads these tales...is that short fiction was a laboratory in which she remade herself over and over again....The best of the tales are interesting both for themselves and for what she learned she could do by writing them. At times the late stories can seem like exercises....On the other hand, an exercise can in the right hands become an etude – and Chopin's Etudes are not just pretty tunes, but ways of stretching the talent." Roz Kaveney, New Statesman & Society

Review:

"While her contemporaries were turning out K-Mart realism in bare-bones language, Carter was a fictional maximalist who bathed in luxurious sentences and wrote about women raised by wolves." From Bruce Barcott, Salon

Review:

"...by turns formal and outrageous, exotic and demotic, exquisite and coarse, precious and raunchy, fabulist and socialist, purple and black. Her novels are like nobody else's...but the best of her, I think, is in her stories." from the introduction by Salman Rushie

Synopsis:

One of our most imaginative and accomplished writers, Angela Carter left behind a dazzling array of work: essays, citicism, and fiction. But it is in her short stories that her extraordinary talents—as a fabulist, feminist, social critic, and weaver of tales—are most penetratingly evident. This volume presents Carter's considerable legacy of short fiction gathered from published books, and includes early and previously unpublished stories. From reflections on jazz and Japan, through vigorous refashionings of classic folklore and fairy tales, to stunning snapshots of modern life in all its tawdry glory, we are able to chart the evolution of Carter's marvelous, magical vision.

About the Author

Angela Carter (1940–1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story (included in this volume). She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London.

Table of Contents

Burning Your Boats Introduction by Salman Rushdie

Early Work, 1962-6

The Man Who Loved a Double Bass

A Very, Very Great Lady and Her Son at Home

A Victorian Fable (with Glossary)

Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, 1974

A Souvenir of Japan

The Executioner's Beautiful Daughter

The Loves of Lady Purple

The Smile of Winter

Penetrating to the Heart of the Forest

Flesh and the Mirror

Master

Reflections

Elegy for a Freelance

The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, 1979

The Bloody Chamber

The Courtship of Mr Lyon

The Tiger's Bride

Puss-in-Boots

The Erl-King

The Snow Child

The Lady of the House of Love

The Werewolf

The Company of Wolves

Wolf-Alice

Black Venus, 1985

Black Venus

The Kiss

Our Lady of the Massacre

The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe

Overture and Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Peter and the Wolf

The Kitchen Child

The Fall River Axe Murders

American Ghosts and Old World Wonders, 1993

Lizzie's Tiger

John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

Gun for the Devil

The Merchant of Shadows

The Ghost Ships

In Pantoland

Ashputtle or The Mother"s Ghost

Alice in Prague or The Curious Room

Impressions: The Wrightsman Magdalene

Uncollected Stories, 1970-81

The Scarlet House

The Snow Pavilion

The Quilt Maker

Appendix: Afterword to Fireworks

First Publications

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Eilonwy, December 28, 2008 (view all comments by Eilonwy)
If I had only one word to describe Angela Carter, I think I might go with "audacious". One lonely adjective, however, never satisfied Carter or me.


Carter's imagination is dark, elemental and disturbing, and it wends its way through a rich intellectual landscape. Her prose does tend towards the purple, and while that's part of her charm, it can also be excessive. It can even tire the reader so that she may miss or fail to appreciate inspired images like a tumbledown house "with a look of oracular blindness", a child with "a whim of iron", or Autumn giving the forest "a sickroom hush". At their best, however, her work exposes and owns human ugliness and opens the door briefly to primal beauties.

Warning: Carter's stories are sometimes gory, and several include scenes of sexual violence
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140255287
Author:
Carter, Angela
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Rushdie, Salman
Introduction:
Rushdie, Salman
Author:
Rushdie, Salman
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
19970831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.12x5.34x1.08 in. .91 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "If you were writing her literary naissance in the manner of Angela Carter, you'd have to provide a troupe of ghostly godpersons gathered round her typewriter. Oscar Wilde would be there, whispering 'Nothing succeeds like excess' and bestowing the gift of the inverstion of truisms; Sylvia Townsend Warner, with her clutch of ruthless fairies; Edgar Allan Poe, the subject of one of her more spectacular stories, although Carter wears her Rue Morgue with a difference. And Bram Stoker, and Perrault, and Sheridan LeFanu, and George MacDonald, and Mary Shelley, and perhaps even Carson McCullers and a whole gaggle of disreputable tale-telling old grannies."
"Review" by , "Carter's world is strange, dangerous, and beautiful."
"Review" by , "An amazing plum pudding...you should not miss this book."
"Review" by , "A treasure chest of literary and aesthetic experience...mysterious, glamorous, beautiful."
"Review" by , "Carter's ability to probe the secret places in the human psyche, where mysterious erotic longings and unacknowledged links with the unearthly lie buried, verges on the supernatural."
"Review" by , "Her imagination was one of the most dazzling of this century."
"Review" by , "Shortly before her death in 1992, British author Angela Carter collected these tales of cunning, magic, and myth spanning cultures from the Sudan to 'USA Hillbilly.' All are told from a feminine, though not necessarily feminist, perspective, and sorted into chapters by the common folklore themes of strong minds, black arts, beautiful people, mothers and daughters, married women, and useful stories. Each is labeled by country of origin, accompanied by brief but perceptive appendix notes taken from Carter's writings, and illustrated by folk-art woodcuts. Alert readers will spot the germs of plots that appear in the more well known stories of Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. Carter's attention to voice makes her collection especially suitable for read-alouds or storytelling. A solid purchase for any folklore collection."
"Review" by , "In the 1980s, (Carter) was happy and at the height of her powers. And in the 1990s, far too soon, she died and left us wanting more. What becomes ever clearer as one reads these tales...is that short fiction was a laboratory in which she remade herself over and over again....The best of the tales are interesting both for themselves and for what she learned she could do by writing them. At times the late stories can seem like exercises....On the other hand, an exercise can in the right hands become an etude – and Chopin's Etudes are not just pretty tunes, but ways of stretching the talent."
"Review" by , "While her contemporaries were turning out K-Mart realism in bare-bones language, Carter was a fictional maximalist who bathed in luxurious sentences and wrote about women raised by wolves."
"Review" by , "...by turns formal and outrageous, exotic and demotic, exquisite and coarse, precious and raunchy, fabulist and socialist, purple and black. Her novels are like nobody else's...but the best of her, I think, is in her stories."
"Synopsis" by ,
One of our most imaginative and accomplished writers, Angela Carter left behind a dazzling array of work: essays, citicism, and fiction. But it is in her short stories that her extraordinary talents—as a fabulist, feminist, social critic, and weaver of tales—are most penetratingly evident. This volume presents Carter's considerable legacy of short fiction gathered from published books, and includes early and previously unpublished stories. From reflections on jazz and Japan, through vigorous refashionings of classic folklore and fairy tales, to stunning snapshots of modern life in all its tawdry glory, we are able to chart the evolution of Carter's marvelous, magical vision.
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