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The Arts of Angela CarterA Cabinet of Curiosities$
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Marie Mulvey-Roberts

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526136770

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526136787

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Angela Carter’s poetry

Angela Carter’s poetry

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The Arts of Angela Carter

Sarah Gamble

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines Angela Carter’s evolution as a poet, and the links between her early poetry and her later prose fiction. Through discussion of a range of Carter’s – admittedly limited – selection of poems, it considers Carter’s poetry in the context of the British Poetry Revival of the 1960s, the Bristol counterculture and her own university career. Drawing on hitherto unpublished correspondence with the editors of the little poetry magazines The Aylesford Review and Tlaloc, the chapter discusses Carter’s ambitions for her poetry, and how they enabled her to shape a literary agenda that was to be carried through into her novels. Its ultimate argument is that, while Carter might not have been a particularly distinguished poet, her poetry constitutes a valuable body of juvenilia which enabled her to come to novel writing with a style and approach already recognizably ‘Carteresque’.

Keywords:   poem, ‘Unicorn’, Bristol, magazine

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