Saturday, February 16, 2013

British author Angela Carter died - 1992

On February 16, 1992, British author Angela Carter died on February 16, 1992. She was a novelist and journalist, known for her feminst and picaresque works. In 2008, The London Times ranked Carter tenth in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945. She was born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastborune, England on May 7, 1940, Carter was evacuated as a child to live in Yorkshire with her maternal grandmother. After attending school in south London, she began work as a journalist, following in the footsteps of her father. Carter attended the University of Bristol where she studied English literature. She married twice, first in 1960 to Paul Carter. They separated in 1970. In 1969 Angela Carter used the proceeds of her Somerset Maugham Award to leave her husband and relocate for two years to Tokyo, Japan. She wrote about her experiences there in a collection of short stories, Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces (1974), and evidence of her experiences in Japan can also be seen in The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972). She spent much of the late 1970s and 1980s as a writer in residence at universities throughout England. In 1977 Carter married Mark Pearce, with whom she had one son. She was much more independent-minded than the traditional feminist of her time. She adapted a number of her short stories for radio and wrote two original radio dramas. Two of her fictions were adapted for the movies. Her novel Nights at the Circus won the 1984 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for literature. At the time of her death, Carter had started work on a sequel to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre based on the later life of Jane's stepdaughter, Adèle Varens; only a synopsis survives. She died aged 51 in 1992 at her home in London after developing lung cancer. 
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