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The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition

 
 
Author
Angela Carter. Kelly Link, intro.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.45 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9780143107613
Pages/Publication Date 162/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59487
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A storytelling sorceress, Angela Carter has often been named as a literary godmother to Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger, J.K. Rowling, Kelly Link, and other masters of magical fiction. Along with her James Tait Black Memorial Prize–winning novel Nights at the Circus, she is most often recognized for this pivotal collection of stories, from 1979. The Bloody Chamber mines some of our most enduring fairy tales—"Red Riding Hood," "Beauty and the Beast," "Puss-in-Boots," and "Bluebeard" among them—and includes "The Company of Wolves," which inspired Neil Jordan's 1984 film of the same name. Carter extracts hidden themes and parts of the tales that went untold, giving them new life in a gorgeous prose style steeped in the romantic trappings of the gothic tradition. "Since I first came across The Bloody Chamber, I have kept a copy with me wherever I have been living," writes Link in her introduction. "Reading Carter, each time, was electrifying. It lit up the readerly brain and all the writerly nerves.... The girls and women in The Bloody Chamber remake the rules of the stories they find themselves in with their boldness. And Angela Carter, too, was bold. I have tried to learn that lesson from her." This handsome trade paperback edition celebrates what would have been the tragically short-lived author's 75th anniversary.

"Sex isn't a subtext in The Bloody Chamber, but the text itself.... Carter produced ... fiction that was lavishly fabulist and infinitely playful.... Salman Rushdie, who became her friend, described her as 'the first great writer I ever met.' Yet her legacy has been a slow and stealthy one, invisible to many of the readers who have benefited from it.... Most contemporary literary fiction with a touch of magic, from Karen Russell's to Helen Oyeyemi's, owes something to Angela Carter's trail-blazing."—Salon

"She was, among other things, a quirky, original, and baroque stylist, a trait especially marked in The Bloody Chamber—her vocabulary a mix of finely tuned phrase, luscious adjective, witty aphorism, and hearty, up-theirs vulgarity."—Margaret Atwood

"Many of the elements of Angela Carter's stories have become commonplace in fiction and popular culture. Sexy vampires? Sure. The exploration of female desire? Yep. Fairy tales reworked in contemporary settings? An embarrassment of riches. What we don't have, of course, is any more Angela Carter stories. Carter died in 1992. She would have turned 75 this year, and how I yearn for more of her. What would she make of the stories we tell now? What new thing would she make?"—NYTBR

 
 
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