Burning Your Boats: Collected Short Stories

Burning Your Boats: Collected Short Stories

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By (author) Angela Carter

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 36mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099592916
  • ISBN 13: 9780099592914
  • Sales rank: 71,980

Product description

This title comes with an introduction by Salman Rushdie. As well as her eight novels, Angela Carter published four wonderful collections of short stories during her lifetime, and contributed stories to several anthologies. The stories were scattered amongst different publishers, and a couple of the volumes are now out of print. In "Burning your Boats" they are gathered for the first time; this is a key collection and a major event for Angela Carter aficionados.

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Author information

Angela Carter was born in 1940 and read English at Bristol University, before spending two years living in Japan. She lived and worked extensively in the United States and Australia. Her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1965, followed by the Magic Toyshop in 1967, which went on to win the John Liewellyn Rhys Prize. She wrote a further four novels, together with three collections of Short Stories, two works of non-fiction and a volume of collected writings. Angela Carter died in 1992

Review quote

"* 'A fine, fierce, incandescent talent' Scotland on Sunday * 'Burning your boats brings together her four volumes of short fiction...They testify to Carter's range, daring and her invention. An important book' Irish Times * 'A writer cultured in every sense of the word, whose syntax is ever artful, whose vocabulary is zestfully arcane, whose erudition manifests itself in her work in a shimmering play of parody and illusion. She was one of the century's best writers, and her stories are among her finest works' Sunday Times * 'This is the voice the young generation are flocking to read and study, and these marvellous collected stories wonderfully explain why no pigeon-hole could ever contain her creator. When you read all the stories collected together, a sense of joy erupts that such writing can exist' Daily Telegraph"

Editorial reviews

This contains all Carter's previously published story collections and unpublished work as well. I admire her stories more than her novels. 'The Fall River Axe Murders' seems to me an almost perfect piece of writing; heavy with oppressive heat and smells, dense with the frustration and impotence of Lizzie Borden's life; yet sharp and sparkling in its shifting tenses and viewpoints, immediate and brilliant in its language. Review by Jane Rogers, whose novels include 'Island' (Kirkus UK)

Back cover copy

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SALMAN RUSHDIE 'When you read all the stories collected together, a sense of joy erupts that such writing can exist' Daily Telegraph As well as her eight novels, Angela Carter published four wonderful collections of short stories during her lifetime, and contributed stories to several anthologies. The stories were scattered amongst different publishers, and a couple of the volumes are now out of print. In Burning your Boats they were gathered for the first time; this is a key collection and required reading for Angela Carter aficionados. 'A fine, fierce, incandescent talent' Scotland on Sunday See also: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories