Angela Carter - Life

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Angela Carter ­ Social
Early Life
Born May 1940,to Olive & Hugh Stalker.
Her father was Scottish and her mother
was from Yorkshire. She was evacuated to
South Yorkshire during the WW2 where
she was to live with her grandmother who
is described as "a working-class,
matriarchal, domineering, feminist bread-'n-buta granny". It is said her grandfather had an
influence in her attitude and outlook, despite being dead years before her birth. She had a difficult
and complex relationship with her mother who was of differing values to those of Carter's
grandfather: socialism, trade unionism as well as self-education and self-improvement.
Following WW2
Carter returned to South London suffering from anorexia and with self-esteem issues. At 18 her
father secured an apprenticeship for her at the Croydon Advertiser as a junior newspaper reporter.
Following her marriage to Paul Carter in 1960, Carter moved to Bristol but was unable to find
employment and decided to become a mature student at Bristol University where she studied
Medieval Literature and simultaneously began her career as a writer. During this time Carter
developed an interest in anthropology and French Literature ­ there are many references to
French Literature and language in `The Bloody Chamber'.
Later Life
Having already published several award winning novels, some of them labelled as `Gothic', Carter
tried to deny this classification because she felt her novels were more realistic than gothic, based on
things she saw whilst living in Bristol. 1969 saw her divorce and move to Japan, this enabled her
to look back at British Culture and structure and critically analyse it. She continued travelling
all over the world to Asia and the USA. In 1977 she was married for the second time to a man called
Mark Pearce, settling in London again and conceiving a child. By then, Carter was already a well
established author and journalist as well as making her presence known in the film and media
industry where her work was being adapted for cinema/television. She was a teacher also, in many
English speaking countries, the UK, Australia and America. `The Bloody Chamber' published in
1979 attracted attention to Carter's work, many saw her as controversial and feminist.
Her Death
Carter died of lung cancer in 1992, sparking renewed interest in her work.


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