Unicorn: The Poetry of Angela Carter

2015 and Kindle

As with the night-scented stock, the full
splendour of the unicorn manifests itself most potently
at twilight. Then the horn sprouts, swells, blooms
in all its glory. 

Despite being one of the most influential – and best-loved – of the post-war English writers, Angela Carter remains little-known as a poet. In Unicorn, the critic and historian Rosemary Hill collects together her published verse from 1963-1971, a period in which Carter began to explore the themes that dominated her later work: magic, the reworking of myths and their darker sides, and the overturning of literary and social conventions. With imagery at times startling in its violence and disconcerting in its presentation of sexuality, Unicorn provides compelling insight into the formation of a remarkable imagination.

In the essay that accompanies the poems the critic and historian Rosemary Hill considers them in the context of Carter’s other work and as an aspect of the 1960s, the decade which as Carter put it ‘wasn’t like they say in the movies’.

Read about how Rosemary Hill came to write this book, in an article published by The Guardian: www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/30/rediscovering-angela-carter-poetry


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Other publications

‘Bankers, Bawds and Beau Monde: A C Pugin and Ackermann’s “Microcosm of London”’, Country Life, 3 November, 1994

‘A W N Pugin, a biographical sketch’, in A W N Pugin, Master of Gothic Revival, catalogue of an exhibition at the Bard Institute, New York, Yale University Press, 1995

‘A C Pugin’ Burlington Magazine, 1114, January 1996

‘Pugin and Scotland’, Caledonia Gothica, the Journal of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, VIII, 1997

‘Reformation to Millennium: Pugin’s Contrasts in the history of English thought’, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, March, 1999

‘Pugin and Ruskin’, British Art Journal, II, 3, 2001 (republished in a revised and expanded version in Ruskin and Architecture, edited by Rebecca Daniels and Geoff Brandwood, Reading, 2003)

‘ “The ivie’d ruins of forlorn Grace Dieu”: Catholics, Romantics and late Georgian Gothic, in Gothic Architecture and its Meanings, edited by Michael Hall, Reading, 2002

‘Pugin’s Small Houses’, Architectural History, 46, 2003

‘Pugin’s Churches’, Architectural History, 49, 2006

‘Inventing the Modern Home: St Marie’s Grange and Pugin’s houses’, Country Life, 29 August, 2012

Pugin and Ramsgate, 1999 and 2004, Pugin Society

The Eye of the Beholder: 2001 Peter Dormer Lecture, Royal College of Art, 2002

Bigger Peaches: Benjamin Robert Haydon’s Immortal Dinner, Occasional Works, Menlo Park, California, 2002

A Sermon Preached in the Chapel of All Souls College, Sunday 7 November 2010