Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS Short and Sweet

Magazine article The Spectator

BOOKENDS Short and Sweet

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Before text s and Twitter there were postcards. Less hi-tech, but they kept people in touch. Angela Carter (pictured above) and Susannah Clapp were friends , and over the years, postcards from Carter arrived from wherever her travels took her. They could be quirky, surreal - from America a huge chicken swallowing a truck; the Statue of Liberty drowning in a lake. Others were greetings, scribbled comments, hand-drawn cartoons.

Fourteen are scattered through Susannah Clapp's A Card from Angela Carter (Bloomsbury, £10):

black-and-white reproductions evoking experiences riotous with colour, charting the progress of a turbulent life that ended too soon .

Carter died of lung cancer in 1992 aged 51. She had loved baroque cinema architecture, and a pink memorial notification invited friends to the Ritzy, Brixton for 'a celebration of her life and works'. …

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