Angela Carter (1940–92) was a British novelist, who also wrote poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, radio plays, and film adaptations. She drew from a diverse range of themes and influences and is one of the most widely studied writers of British fiction.
Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne, England, Stalker contributed articles to The Guardian, The Independent, and New Statesman. Her novels include The Magic Toyshop (1967,) The Passion of New Eve (1977,) and Nights at the Circus (1984.)
Angela Carter’s short-story collection The Bloody Chamber (1979,) her most significant work, was a sensual, feminist re-imagination of classic European fairy tales. It was eventually adapted for radio, and then film, as The Company of Wolves.
Interest in Carter’s literary work abruptly increased after her death together with a rapid rise in book sales and numerous stage adaptations of her work.