A Card From Angela Carter by Susannah Clapp

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You want to flip the pages past the postcards to see the images under discussion, but they aren't there so you can't. Why write so much, in what is already a picture-book of sorts, about yet other pictures?
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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.
 

About Susannah Clapp

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Susannah Clapp is the literary executor of Angela Carter and the author of With Chatwin. She helped found the London Review of Books and has worked as a publisher's reader and editor, as radio critic of the Sunday Times and theatre critic of the New Statesman. She lives in London.
 
Published February 2, 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing. 112 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jenny Turner on Jan 25 2012

You want to flip the pages past the postcards to see the images under discussion, but they aren't there so you can't. Why write so much, in what is already a picture-book of sorts, about yet other pictures?

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