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Reviews: Angela Carter

Heroes and Villains.
Nights at the Circus (1985).
The Passion of New Eve (1977).
Saints and Sinners.
The Bloody Chamber.
The Second Virago Collection of Fairy Tales (1992) [ contents ]
"The Donkey Prince" (1970) in Jack Zipes' anthology Don't Bet on the Prince (1987).
Burning Your Boats: The Complete Stories (Holt, 1st U.S. ed.).
The Old Wives' Book of Fairy Tales edited by Angela Carter Many other novels and short stories, and some edited collections of short stories.

Web Pages: The Unofficial Angela Carter Web Page has a more complete bibliography.

Carter wrote many novels and short stories before her death in 1992. Her short stories often contained a re-telling of fables, myths and fairy tales from a gender-oriented perspective. Sometimes criticized by people who thought she offered negative depictions of women, she nevertheless created new and thought-provoking versions of many traditional stories. Me, I like her work a lot; especially her short fiction. For instance, "Wolf-Alice" in The Bloody Chamber, or her retelling of the Lizzie Borden story which I think was in Saints and Sinners. Carter could take those old fairy tales and retell them, twisting the Disney-fied versions back to their original gruesomeness and simultaneously revealing the horror and humor of the world. Like a British Flannery O'Connor on a twisted concoction of speed and acid.

--lq, 5/26/95; rev. 9/7/97.


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