Wise Children

A Novel

Angela Carter

Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks

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In their heyday on the vaudeville stages of  the early twentieth century, Dora Chance and her twin sister, Nora—unacknowledged daughters of Sir Melchior Hazard, the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day—were known as the Lucky Chances, with private lives as colorful and erratic as their careers. But now, at age 75, Dora is typing up their life story, and it is a tale indeed that Angela Carter tells. A writer known for the richness of her imagination and wit as well as her feminist insights into matters large and small, she created in Wise Children an effervescent family saga that manages to celebrate the lore and magic of show business while also exploring the connections between parent and child, the transitory and the immortal, authenticity and falsehood.

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"Dazzling . . . The culmination of Angela Carter's prolific and inventive career." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
"Wise Children inhabits its own manic universe and would probably translate into a spirited, bawdy musical comedy-farce of the kind which the Chance sisters themselves performed, long ago." —Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review
 
"Wise Children is vintage Carter." —The Village Voice

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Angela Carter

Angela Carter (1940-1992) was the author of many novels (including Nights at the Circus)¸ collections of short stories, plays, and books for children.

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Wise Children
A Novel
Angela Carter

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
December 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374530945
ISBN10: 0374530947
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
$15.00
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