Angela Carter was one of the most vivid voices of the twentieth century.
When she died in 1992 at the age of fifty-one, she had published fifteen books of fiction and essays; outrage at her omission from any Booker Prize shortlists led to the foundation of the Orange Prize. Angela Carter sent her friend Susannah Clapp postcards from all over the world, missives which form a paper trail through her life.
The pictures she chose were sometimes domestic, sometimes flights of fantasy and surrealism.
The messages were always pungent. Here, Susannah Clapp uses postcards - the emails of the twentieth century - to travel through Angela Carter's life, and to evoke her anarchic intelligence, fierce politics, rich language and ribaldry, and the great swoops of her imagination.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 112 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 02/02/2012
- Category: Biography: literary
- ISBN: 9781408826904
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Review by si
Slim biography of writer Angela Carter, who died in 1992, based around postcards sent to Susannah Clapp - a friend and her literary executor.The postcards in and of themselves are fairly forgettable; the black and white reproductions disappointing; the content just brief messages, jokes and comments. For this casual reader at least of little interest. Susannah Clapp's personal memories are more interesting but at only 106 pages this was never going to to an extensive portrait. Susannah Clapp rightly bemoans the fact that no biographical work had appeared in the twenty years following Angela Carter's death. Perhaps this work with start the ball rolling.