By Angela Carter

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'Earthy, bawdy and peculiar in flip, there's a wonderful intelligence at paintings here.' day-by-day Telegraph

'Black Venus screens the peerlessly witchy Angela Carter at her most sensible. Her exceptional fables all converse for themselves in tones so commanding you are feeling this has to be Baudelaire's mistress, growing old, remembering, nonetheless spreading syphilis, or Lizzie Borden stressed and deadly within the scorching Massachusetts summer time. no matter what her topic, Angela Carter writes like a dream - occasionally a nightmare. and because the voices name out, the photographs blaze, one is kept from an way over fable by means of earthy realism, a unexpected bark of humour.' Sunday Telegraph

'She was once at the century's most interesting writers, and her tales are between her most interesting works.' Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times

'Angela Carter has language at her fingertips.' New Statesman

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Frank promised that his door would always be open to students. And if they needed an article written for The Daily Texan (the student newspaper) about Texas' folklore or current events, they could call on him. Page 62 Page 63 6 Last Roundup for an Old Cowboy In the evenings, Frank continued to sit in the backyard with his old university friends. He still loved hearing Roy Bedichek talk. Bedichek was the oldest of his group of friends and the most learned man Dobie had ever known. Driving anywhere with Bedichek would take twice as long as driving with anyone else.

Grandpa Dubose was Alice's justice of the peace and quite an Old West character. He had fought in the Civil War, driven wild horses, herded cattle, and even operated a stagecoach. He wore an old, broad-rimmed hat like the one settlers wore on the frontier. That hat was the last thing Grandpa Dubose took off before going to bed at night, after removing his vest, shirt, pants, shoes, and socks. Grandma Dubose possessed a good education and had plenty of books for Frank and Fanny to read. She grew wild flowers and grasses all mixed together Mexican-style in front of her house.

They had seemed as common as cactus once. Now they were as rare as horned lizards. In fact, they were just about gone. One day Frank's mother died, and all that was left of the old family ranch in Live Oak County was sold to Houston investors. Page 71 Page 72 Frank closed his eyes. In his mind, he was eleven again, riding home on his horse, Buck. The land was quiet. There were no cars in that part of the world. They had hardly been invented. There were no cities around. Just miles and miles of brush and mesquite, cactus and rock, and isolation so complete it was spooky.

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