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About the Author
Angela Carter (1940-1992) was born in Eastbourne, England. When she published her first novel, Shadow Dance, in 1966, she was immediately recognized as one of Britain’s most original writers. Eight other novels followed: The Magic Toyshop, Several Perceptions, Heroes and Villains, Love, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, The Passion of New Eve, Nights at the Circus, and Wise Children. Carter also published four collections of short stories: The Bloody Chamber, Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, Saints and Strangers (published in the U.K. as Black Venus), and American Ghosts and Old World Wonders. Her other writings include a book of essays called The Sadeian Woman, two collections of journalism, and a volume of radio plays. Carter also wrote the screenplay for the 1984 film The Company of Wolves, based on her short story. From 1976 through 1978, Carter was Arts Council of Great Britain Fellow in Creative Writing at Sheffield University, and from 1980 to 1981 she was a visiting professor in the writing program at Brown University. She traveled and taught widely in the United States and Australia but lived in London. In 2008 the London Times ranked her tenth on its list of 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945.