Shaking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writings

By Angela Carter

One in every of modern literature's most unusual and affecting novel and brief tale writers, Angela Carter additionally wrote excellent nonfiction. Shaking a Leg contains the simplest of her essays and feedback, a lot of it gathered for the 1st time. Carter's acute observations are spiked together with her smelly honesty, her devastating wit, her penchant for mockery, and her ardour for the absurd. no matter if discussing movies or nutrients, feminism or fable, technological know-how fiction or intercourse, Carter regularly explores new territories and overturns outdated ideas.

From her hilarious deconstruction of long past With the Wind and a delightfully depraved description of a jap fertility pageant to spell binding debts of her early formative years adventures or the irreverent reevaluations of D. H. Lawrence, H. P. Lovecraft, and Elizabeth David, this great spouse to Burning Your Boats, which gathered Carter's brief fiction, firmly locations her one of the so much finished writers of this century. Exuberant, fierce, and striking, Shaking a Leg will fulfill her ever expanding legion of readers.

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