The Invention of Angela Carter: Edmund Gordon & Christian Lorentzen
Where: McNally Jackson
52 Prince St.
212-274-1160 Price: Free
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Angela Carter, one of the best-loved English writers of the last hundred years, has never before been the subject of a biography. The Invention of Angela Carter is the first full account of Carter’s life and works, based on exclusive interviews and new archival research. Edmund Gordon takes readers through Carter’s childhood, her early years as a journalist, and her breakthroughs in fiction, and offers unique insights into her private life, including her two marriages, her encounters with sexism, her frustrations as a university professor, and her struggle with lung cancer. According to Kazuo Ishiguro, it “takes a fascinating journey through layers of English and Japanese bohemia while triumphantly bringing us closer to the brilliantly wayward personality and mind of one of the finest, most original writers of the last 50 years.” Edmund Gordon is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books. He has also written for a variety of other publications in Britain and the US, including Bookforum and The Guardian. He will be joined by Christian Lorentzen, book critic of New York Magazine and editor at large of the London Review of Books.