By Susannah Clapp
Angela Carter was once some of the most shiny voices of the 20 th century: a lot studied, copied and cherished. whilst she died on the age of fifty-one, she had released fifteen books of fiction and essays; outrage at her omission from the shortlists of any Booker Prize ended in the root of the Orange Prize. February 2012 may be the 20th anniversary of her loss of life yet no biographical paintings has but appeared.
Susannah Clapp and Angela Carter have been pals for years. The postcards that Carter despatched to her shape a paper path via her existence. the photographs she despatched have been occasionally household, occasionally flights of myth and surrealism. The messages have been regularly smelly.
From Stratford, Ontario, she defined that Canada was once 'like Scandinavia, with liquor'. From the States, the place she was once smarting from a serious onslaught within the London assessment of Books, the place Susannah then labored, she despatched a terrifying photograph of Texan chili, with the message: 'Carter's respond to the critics ... is going via you love a dose of salts ... I'd loved to feed it to that drivelling wimp...'
Through the medium of her postcards - small files which are the emails of the 20th century - Susannah Clapp will evoke Angela Carter's anarchic intelligence, her fierce politics, the richness of her language, her ribaldry, the nice swoops of her mind's eye; she's going to additionally say whatever approximately her existence. Intimate, humorous, unforeseen, it is going to capture this certain artist at the wing.
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We used to end up in the Bear and Staff, round the corner from Leicester Square. It was full of theatrical agents, variety artists, showmen and girls of all sorts, and Joe knew all of them. Although I never liked drinking alcohol (most of my life I have been tee-total) I loved hanging out with Joe. I sat open-mouthed, just lapping up the atmosphere, while Joe worked the room catching up with all his friends and contacts, swapping theatrical tales of derring-do and debauchery. One night I had an uninvited initiation into Soho life.
Within a few weeks Brian and I had taken over the moving of the circus. It was operating like they had never seen it before. I was getting them a couple of new sites a week. Brian was saving them a day and a half on moving the circus. We asked for more money and Dicky refused. We had a huge stand-up row and before we knew it we were once again packing up and heading off into the unknown. 46 Cottle Book 3rds 28/7/06 11:39 am Page 47 How to Marry into the Circus Once more we camped on a lay-by, this time on the A30, with nowhere to go and no money to live on.
Brian could do tightrope walking, knife throwing and a bit of clowning. May could eat glass and lie on a bed of nails. Michael could dance on the stilts. Of course I would do my turn as Scats the clown and a bit of juggling. Betty would have to go straight back in 51 Cottle Book 3rds 28/7/06 11:39 am Page 52 Confessions of a Showman the ring as the ringmistress and we could take it in turns to change the music on the record player when we were back stage. The one thing we were missing was the animals.