Edmund Gordon - The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography
Carter (1940-1992), known for her lush, feminist brand of magic realism, was ranked tenth on The Times of London’s 2008 list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.” In this comprehensive biography of the author of The Bloody Chamber, Gordon, a lecturer in English at King’s College London and a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books, delves into Carter’s personal and professional lives. Drawing on her manuscripts, diaries, and other papers, Gordon vividly chronicles Carter’s childhood and marriages, charts her early struggles and breakthroughs, and follows her frustrations with an academic career and her more satisfying artistic collaborations. He also recreates the times she lived through and helped to shape, including the 1960s counterculture, the deadly new realities of the nuclear age, and second wave feminism.
Gordon will be in conversation with Christian Lorentzen, Book Critic for NY Magazine and Vulture.