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Black Venus's tale / with woodcuts by Philip Sutton

Angela Carter

RA Collection: Book

Record number




1st edition


London: Next Editions in association with Faber & Faber, 1980

Physical Description

35 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

Series Title

Next Editions: 1

Summary Note

“Black Venus’s Tate is a description of a woman forced, involuntarily, to become a muse, done mostly from her own point of view, because you can only make a real person into a muse by ignoring the reality of them. The characters in this story bear an imaginative relation to the great poet, Charles Baudelaire and his mistress, Jeanne Duval aka Jeanne Prosper aka Jean Lemer; the story is about romanticism, negritude, colonialism, syphilis and contingency.” [Back cover].

Binding Note

Ringbound. Cover printed in black and orange


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