Accomplished in equal measure as a poet, novelist, and essayist, Margaret Atwood is as much a dazzling storyteller as she is a committed feminist. Her novels and stories educate as much as they entertain, but without ever veering into dogmatism.
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Date of Birth:
November 18, 1939
Place of Birth:
B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967
Governor General's Award, 1986; Harvard University Centennial Medal, 1990; Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin, 2000
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|Atwood's Latest ||Selected Works|
|Moral Disorder and Other Stories|
Margaret Atwood has frequently been cited as one of the foremost writers of our time. Moral Disorder, her moving new book of fiction, could be seen either as a collection of ten stories that is almost a novel or as a novel broken up into ten stories. It resembles a photograph album -- a series of clearly observed moments that trace the course of a life, and also the lives intertwined with it -- those of parents, of siblings, of children, of friends, of enemies, of teachers, and even of animals. And as in an album, times change: the 30s, the 40s, the 50s, the 60s, the 70s and 80s, the present time -- all are here.
Bodily Harm (1981)|
The Handmaid's Tale (1983)
Wilderness Tips and Other Stories (1991)
The Blind Assassin (2000)
Oryx and Crake (2003)
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (2005)
The Tent (2006)
Moral Disorder and Other Stories (2006)
Margaret Atwood chronology
|The Best Book to Read First|
|The Handmaid's Tale|
Start with The Handmaid's Tale, a book that imagines a future in which only a select group of women can have children -- and those who are able must do so by force. The book received a top Canadian literary prize, and was made into a feature film starring Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, and Natasha Richardson.
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|The Author on Her Art||A Lifetime of Poetry|
|Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing|
Cambridge University Press has gathered six memorable lectures by Atwood into a delectable book. In Negotiating with the Dead, the author deftly combines personal stories, literary judgments, and a sage inquiry into the role of the writer. Her insights make every reader a co-conspirator.
|Selected Poems, 1965-1975|
There were only 200 copies made of Atwood's first volume of poetry, Double Persephone; each sold for 50 cents (more than twenty years later, one copy sold for $1,800). This volume of Selected Poems collects the best of her earlier verse; critic Richard Hosmer praised the "clear-eyed honesty" of these poems.
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