Angela Carter Biography
(Author of 'The Bloody Chamber' and 'Nights at the Circus')
Birthday: May 7, 1940 (Taurus)
Born In: Eastbourne, England
Angela Carter was a legendary English fiction writer and journalist. She figured in ‘The Times’ list of ‘The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945’. Her writings personified a pledge to feminism and also included nuances of magical realism. As a young girl, she was inspired to take up journalism, following the footsteps of her father and was soon appointed with ‘The Croydon Advertisement’. After a brief stint as a journalist, she began to write short-stories and novels, some of the celebrated ones being, ‘The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman’, ‘Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces’ and ‘Nothing Sacred’. To inspire herself, she travelled all around the globe, soaking in all the different cultural diversities and experiences, which she took back with her for her writing endeavor. Soon, her works began to echo a sense of feminism. She took her first step as a deep-seated suffragette by espousing the works of Marquis de Sade, offering generally positive reviews about her work. Most often, she explored the ideas of female empathies in the milieu of the horrifying contrivances of male whims. This was fully reconnoitered in one of her literary masterpieces, ‘The Bloody Chamber’. Carter is remembered as a person who was outspoken in her views, but warm and reserved at the same time.