Angela Carter is widely considered one of the best loved and most highly acclaimed English writers of the last hundred years. She was prolific and inventive, producing an astounding range of innovative novels, short stories, screenplays, and essays that won her the admiration and respect ofreaders around the world, including renowned peers such as Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, and Margaret Atwood. Dozens of books have been written about Carter's work, but only a few have considered the author's life, often as a brief prelude to criticism of her fiction. Edmund Gordon's The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography will be the first to fully explore Carter's life and career. Written with theexclusive authorization of Carter's estate, and facilitated by interviews with family and friends, as well as unrestricted access to her manuscripts and journals, the book takes readers through Carter's childhood in England, her struggling years as an apprentice writer, her breakthroughs in fiction,and her collaborations with filmmakers like the Irish director Neil Jordan. Alongside these public professional achievements, Gordon offers unique insights into Carter's private life, delving into her two marriages, her encounters with sexism, her frustrations as a university professor, and herstruggle with lung cancer. Because its subject so powerfully embodied the spirit of the times, the book also provides a fresh perspective on Britain's social and cultural history in the second half of the twentieth century. It examines such topics as the 1960s counterculture, the social and imaginative conditions of thenuclear age, and the advent of second wave feminism. Angela Carter's life was as rich with incident, as vigorously modern, as unconventional, as dark, and ultimately as tragic as anything in her fiction. This sharply written narrative will be the definitive biography for years to come.