Margaret Atwood: A Biography

Margaret Atwood: A Biography

by Nathalie Cooke
     
 

Although Margaret Atwood has been the subject of a great deal of literary criticism and commentary, this is the first biography of the celebrated author, poet, critic, and social activist whose critically and popularly acclaimed works include Surfacing, Cat's Eye, The Handmaid's Tale, and Alias Grace. The Atwood who emerges in these

Overview


Although Margaret Atwood has been the subject of a great deal of literary criticism and commentary, this is the first biography of the celebrated author, poet, critic, and social activist whose critically and popularly acclaimed works include Surfacing, Cat's Eye, The Handmaid's Tale, and Alias Grace. The Atwood who emerges in these pages is an intense and driven woman, struggling daily to balance the demands of her own artistic perfectionism with her commitment to enjoying a rich and varied private life. Nathalie Cooke (a former president of the Margaret Atwood Society) traces an astonishing network of interconnections that weaves its way through Atwood's past and present: friends, lovers, wives, and husbands who become each others' publishers, editors, promoters, and critics. Cooke follows the web, and along the way discloses some of Atwood's most painful and personal moments, including broken engagements, betrayals, and divorce. This biography follows Atwood's development as a major figure in the evolution of contemporary Canadian literature and culture, and at the same time chronicles the reception of her works and her own ongoing creation of her public persona.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550223088
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.15(d)

Meet the Author


Nathalie Cooke teaches in the English department at McGill University in Montreal. She has published articles on Margaret Atwood as well as other notable Canadian writers. She is the coeditor of An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English.

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