Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories

Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories

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By (author) Angela Carter, Introduction by Salman Rushdie

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  • Publisher: The Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 201mm x 30mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2009
  • ISBN 10: 0140255281
  • ISBN 13: 9780140255287
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 196,062

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One of our most imaginative and accomplished writers, Angela Carter left behind a dazzling array of work: essays, criticism, and fiction. But it is in her short stories that her extraordinary talents--as a fabulist, feminist, social critic, and weaver of tales--are most penetratingly evident. This volume presents Carter's considerable legacy of short fiction, gathered from published books, and includes early and previously unpublished stories. From reflections on jazz and Japan, through vigorous refashionings of classic folklore and fairy tales, to stunning snapshots of modern life in all its tawdry glory, we are able to chart the evolution of Carter's marvelous, magical vision.

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Angela Carter (1940 -1992) wrote nine novels and numerous short stories, as well as nonfiction, radio plays, and the screenplay for Neil Jordan's 1984 movie The Company of Wolves, based on her story. She won numerous literary awards, traveled and taught widely in the United States, and lived in London. Born in Bombay in 1947, Salman Rushdie is the author of six novels, including Grimus, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and a volume of essays, Imaginary Homelands. His numerous literary prizes include the Booker Prize for Midnight's Children and the Whitbread Prize for The Satanic Verses.

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"Carter''s world is strange, dangerous, and beautiful." --Alison Lurie, The New York Times Book Review "A treasure chest of literary and aesthetic experience ... mysterious, glamorous, beautiful." --Carolyn See, The Washington Post "Carter''s ability to probe the secret places in the human psyche, where mysterious erotic longings and unacknowledged links with the unearthly lie buried, verges on the supernatural." --The Philadelphia Inquirer "Her imagination was one of the most dazzling of this century." --Marina Warner "An amazing plum pudding ... you should not miss this book." --Margaret Atwood, Toronto Globe & Mail

Table of contents

Burning Your BoatsIntroduction by Salman Rushdie Early Work, 1962-6 The Man Who Loved a Double Bass A Very, Very Great Lady and Her Son at Home A Victorian Fable (with Glossary) Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces, 1974 A Souvenir of Japan The Executioner's Beautiful Daughter The Loves of Lady Purple The Smile of Winter Penetrating to the Heart of the Forest Flesh and the Mirror Master Reflections Elegy for a Freelance The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, 1979 The Bloody Chamber The Courtship of Mr Lyon The Tiger's Bride Puss-in-Boots The Erl-King The Snow Child The Lady of the House of Love The Werewolf The Company of Wolves Wolf-Alice Black Venus, 1985 Black Venus The Kiss Our Lady of the Massacre The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe Overture and Incidental Music for A Midsummer Night's Dream Peter and the Wolf The Kitchen Child The Fall River Axe Murders American Ghosts and Old World Wonders, 1993 Lizzie's Tiger John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Gun for the Devil The Merchant of Shadows The Ghost Ships In Pantoland Ashputtle or The Mother"s Ghost Alice in Prague or The Curious Room Impressions: The Wrightsman Magdalene Uncollected Stories, 1970-81 The Scarlet House The Snow Pavilion The Quilt Maker Appendix: Afterword to Fireworks First Publications