Angela Olive Carter (later Pearce) (née Stalker; 7 May 1940 - 16 February 1992), who published under the name Angela Carter, was an English novelist, short story writer, poet, and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism, and picaresque works. She is best known for her book , which was published in 1979. In 2008, The Bloody Chamber ranked Carter tenth in their list of "The 50 greatest The Times British writers since 1945". In 2012,  was selected as the best ever winner of the Nights at the Circus James Tait Black Memorial Prize. 
Born Angela Olive Stalker in
Eastbourne, in 1940, to Sophia Olive (née Farthing; 1905-1969), a cashier at Selfridge's, and journalist Hugh Alexander Stalker (1896-1988), Carter was evacuated as a child to live in Yorkshire with her maternal grandmother.  After attending  Streatham and Clapham High School, in south London, she began work as a journalist on , The Croydon Advertiser following in the footsteps of her father. Carter attended the  University of Bristol where she studied English literature. .  
She married twice, first in 1960 to Paul Carter,
divorcing in 1972. In 1969, she used the proceeds of her  Somerset Maugham Award to leave her husband and relocate for two years to Tokyo, where she claims in Nothing Sacred (1982) that she "learnt what it is to be a woman and became radicalised". She wrote about her experiences there in articles for  and a collection of short stories, New Society (1974), and evidence of her experiences in Japan can also be seen in Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces (1972).
The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
She then explored the United States, Asia and Europe, helped by her fluency in French and German. She spent much of the late 1970s and 1980s as a writer in residence at universities, including the
University of Sheffield, Brown University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of East Anglia. In 1977, Carter met Mark Pearce, with whom she had one son and whom she married shortly before her death. In 1979, both  , and her feminist essay, The Bloody Chamber , The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography appeared. In the essay, according to the writer  Marina Warner, Carter "deconstructs the arguments that underlie The Bloody Chamber. It's about desire and its destruction, the self-immolation of women, how women collude and connive with their condition of enslavement. She was much more independent-minded than the traditional feminist of her time." 
As well as being a prolific writer of fiction, Carter contributed many articles to
, The Guardian and The Independent , collected in New Statesman Shaking a Leg. She adapted a number of her short stories for radio and wrote two original radio dramas on  Richard Dadd and Ronald Firbank. Two of her fictions have been adapted for film: (1984) and The Company of Wolves (1987). She was actively involved in both adaptations; The Magic Toyshop her screenplays are published in the collected dramatic writings,  , together with her radio scripts, a libretto for an opera of The Curious Room Virginia Woolf's Orlando, an unproduced screenplay entitled The Christchurch Murders (based on the same true story as Peter Jackson's ) and other works. These neglected works, as well as her controversial television documentary, Heavenly Creatures , are discussed in Charlotte Crofts' book, The Holy Family Album (2003). Her novel Anagrams of Desire won the 1984 Nights at the Circus James Tait Black Memorial Prize for literature. Her last novel, , is a surreal wild ride through British theatre and music hall traditions.
At the time of her death, Carter had started work on a sequel to
Charlotte Brontë's based on the later life of Jane's stepdaughter, Adèle Varens; only a synopsis survives. Jane Eyre 
Angela Carter died aged 51 in 1992 at her home in London after developing
lung cancer.  
Short fiction collections
Five Quiet Shouters (1966)
Unicorn (1966) Unicorn: The Poetry of Angela Carter (2015)
She wrote two entries in "A Hundred Things Japanese" published in 1975 by the Japan Culture Institute.
ISBN 0-87040-364-8 It says "She has lived in Japan both from 1969 to 1971 and also during 1974" (p. 202).
Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: An Anthology of Subversive Stories (1986)
The Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1990) a.k.a. The Old Wives' Fairy Tale Book
The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales (1992) a.k.a. Strange Things Still Sometimes Happen: Fairy Tales From Around the World (1993) Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales (2005) (collects the two Virago Books above)
Vampirella (1976) written by Carter and directed by Glyn Dearman for BBC. Formed the basis for the short story " The Lady of the House of Love".
Come Unto These Yellow Sands (1979)
The Company of Wolves (1980) adapted by Carter from her short story of the same name, and directed by Glyn Dearman for BBC
Puss-in-Boots (1982) adapted by Carter from her short story and directed by Glyn Dearman for BBC A Self-Made Man (1984)
Works on Angela Carter
Dimovitz, Scott A. Angela Carter: Surrealist, Psychologist, Moral Pornographer. New York: Routledge, 2016. Dimovitz, Scott A. 'I Was the Subject of the Sentence Written on the Mirror: Angela Carter's Short Fiction and the Unwriting of the Psychoanalytic Subject.'
Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory 21.1 (2010): 1-19. Dimovitz, Scott A. 'Angela Carter's Narrative Chiasmus:
The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman and The Passion of New Eve.' Genre XVII (2009): 83-111. Dimovitz, Scott A. 'Cartesian Nuts: Rewriting the Platonic Androgyne in Angela Carter's Japanese Surrealism'.
FEMSPEC: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Journal, 6:2 (December 2005): 15-31. Dmytriieva, Valeriia V. 'Gender Alterations in English and French Modernist "Bluebeard" Fairytale'. '
English Language and literature studies, 6:3. (2016): 16-20.
Enright, Anne (17 February 2011). "Diary". . London Review of Books 33 (4): 38-39 . Retrieved 2011.
Gordon, Edmund . The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography London: Chatto & Windus, 2016
Kérchy, Anna (2008), Body-Texts in the Novels of Angela Carter. Writing from a Corporeagraphic Perspective. Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press
Milne, Andrew (2006), The Bloody Chamber d'Angela Carter, Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit, Université
Milne, Andrew (2007), Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber: A Reader's Guide, Paris: Editions Le Manuscrit Université Tonkin, Maggie.
Angela Carter and Decadence: Critical Fictions/Fictional Critiques. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Topping, Angela (2009), Focus on The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories London: The Greenwich Exchange
Commemoration English Heritage unveiled a blue plaque at Carter's final home at 107, The Chase in Clapham, South London in September 2019. She wrote many of her books in the sixteen years she lived at the address, as well as tutoring the young Kazuo Ishiguro. 
The 50 greatest British writers since 1945. 5 January 2008. . Retrieved on 2018-07-27. The Times
Alison Flood (6 December 2012). "Angela Carter named best ever winner of James Tait Black award". The Guardian . Retrieved 2012.
"The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". 2004. doi: 10.1093/ref:odnb/50941.
http://www.angelacartersite.co.uk/ Archived 7 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 5 November 2015.
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"Angela Carter". 17 February 1992 . Retrieved 2018 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
"Angela Carter - Biography". The Guardian. 22 July 2008 . Retrieved 2014.
"Angela Carter's Feminism". www.newyorker.com.
Hill, Rosemary (22 October 2016). "The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography by Edmund Gordon - review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 2017.
Gordon, Edmund (1 October 2016). "Angela Carter: Far from the fairytale" . Retrieved 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
John Dugdale (16 February 2017). "Angela's influence: what we owe to Carter". theguardian.com.
^ Marina Warner, speaking on Radio Three's
the Verb, February 2012
"Book Of A Lifetime: Shaking a Leg, By Angela Carter". The Independent. 10 February 2012 . Retrieved 2017.
Jordison, Sam (24 February 2017). "Angela Carter webchat - your questions answered by biographer Edmund Gordon" . Retrieved 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
Clapp, Susannah (29 January 2006). "The greatest swinger in town". The Guardian. London . Retrieved 2010.
Sarah Waters (3 October 2009). "My hero: Angela Carter". The Guardian . Retrieved 2014.
^ Michael Dirda,
"The Unconventional Life of Angela Carter - prolific author, reluctant feminist," , March 8, 2017. Washington Post
Flood, Alison (11 September 2019). "Angela Carter's 'carnival' London home receives blue plaque". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 2019.
of the Estate of Angela Carter Official website
Angela Carter at British Council: Literature
BBC interview (video, 25 June 1991, 25 mins) Petri Liukkonen.
"Angela Carter". Books and Writers
Angela Carter at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Angela Carter on IMDb
"Angela Carter remembered" Daily Telegraph 3 May 2010
A Conversation with Angela Carter by Anna Katsavos, , Fall 1994, Vol. 14.3 The Review of Contemporary Fiction
Angela Carter talks about her life and work to Elizabeth Jolley, British Library (audio, 1988, 53 mins)
Essay on Colette, Vol. 2 No. 19 · 2 October 1980, by Angela Carter London Review of Books
Angela Carter's radio work Angela Carter at the British Library
^ Online version is titled "Angela Carter's feminist mythology".