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The Invention of Angela Carter


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The much-anticipated, first full authorised biography of one of the greatest, most imaginative writers of the twentieth century

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Edmund Gordon writes for a wide variety of publications, including the Guardian, Observer, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, and Sunday Times. In 2012 he received a Jerwood Award for non-fiction from the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in London, and teaches literature and creative writing at King's College London. This is his first book.


Splendid...this is an exemplary piece of work...which will satisfy readers, and on which further investigation can rest with great confidence that nothing has been concealed and no pathway has been neglected. Everyone should read it. -- Philip Hensher * Spectator *
[A] gripping biography, brimming with new material... He has undertaken feats of scholarship and written an admirably clearsighted book... Gordon's achievement, however, is tremendous. From baroque entanglements of material and controversy, he brings living contours into view... A quarter century on, this new biography should renew our readerly appetites for Carter. -- Alexandra Harris * Financial Times *
This fascinating, highly readable biography will be extremely hard to beat. -- Christina Patterson * Sunday Times *
[It] glints with well-placed detail and witty apercus, and it pays proper attention to what matters most, Angela Carter's writing... Let's hope that this thoughtful and engaging biography will introduce a generation of new readers to her work. -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * Literary Review *
[An] astute biography... Edmund Gordon has done an industrious and intelligent job. -- DJ Taylor * The Times *

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