Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

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Edmund Gordon – The Invention of Angela Carter

September 30, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am


In Angela Carter’s version of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl doesn’t struggle with the wolf, she goes to bed with him.

The Bloody Chamber, Carter’s collection of fairy tales updated with a modern sensibility and sensuality, is perhaps her most famous work. Her world explored the fine line between human nature and animal nature. It was a strange forest of folk mythology, Freudian dream interpretation, surrealism and feminist-inspired political savvy. It also spawned the film A Company of Wolves.

But did Carter create her own mythology as a new kind of writer, or was this persona shaped by real life? (A life which encompassed being molly-coddled, periods of both obesity and anorexia, radicalisation in Japan, giving birth at age 43 and sadly culminating in early death from lung cancer).

This new authorised biography of Carter is the first major study of one of the most important and enigmatic post war writers.

Edmund Gordon studied philosophy at Trinity College Dublin and English literature at University College London, and is a lecturer in English at King’s College London. A regular contributor to the TLS and the London Review of Books, he has written for many publications including Bookforum and The Guardian.

Edmund Gordon will be in conversation with Tony Mulliken, Chairman of Midas PR.


September 30, 2017
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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