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  Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood began writing in early childhood and by mid adolescence she knew that she definitely wanted to be a writer.
Atwood became a poet at the age of sixteen when, as she says 1"a large invisible thumb descended from the sky and pressed down on the top of my head" and a poem was written.
Atwood was a Writer-In-Residence at the University of Toronto and M.F.A. Honorary Chair at the University of Alabama at Tuscalossa, was the Berg Chair at New York University and was the Writer-In-Residence at both Macquarie University at Australia and Trinity University at San Antonio, Texas.
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 MSN Encarta - Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood, born in 1939, Canadian poet, novelist, and critic, whose works often feature women examining their relationships and society.
Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario.
Objecting to the classification of some of her works as feminist, Atwood pointed out that she began dealing with themes such as growing up female in the 1950s and sex-role definitions before they were popularized by the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s (see Women’s Rights).
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 Bookreporter.com - Author Profile: Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto.
Margaret Eleanor Atwood, poet, novelist and critic was born in Ottawa on November 18, 1939.
Atwood was involved with nationalist cultural concerns as an editor of House of Anansi Press 1971-73 and as an editor and political cartoonist for This Magazine.
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 Atwood, Margaret Eleanor
Atwood's international readership has also been swelled by audiences of her many readings and students of her creative writing and Canadian studies courses in such varied places as the universities of Alabama, New York, Berlin, Macquarie (Sydney) and Trinity (Texas).
Atwood's original literary interests have not been abandoned, but they have taken on a darker shading, as is evident in her literary criticism, Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature (1996), delivered as the Clarendon Lectures in English Literature at Oxford University (1991).
Despite the many transformations in Canadian literature, especially its predominantly urban cast since Survival was published in 1972, Atwood pursues her obsession with the wilderness theme in the Canadian imagination and examines image clusters connected with the Canadian North, beginning with the image of cannibalism in relation to the doomed Franklin expedition.
www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com /index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&ArticleId=A0000390   (2030 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Books | By genre | Profile: Margaret Atwood
Atwood's novels frequently involve emotional archaeology: her characters are presented to us at some point of crisis: flashbacks sketch out the family histories and adult situations that have led them to those crises (she took a university course on the Bildungsroman).
Atwood and her brother had few children to play with, no television or cinemas, and a radio that was unreliable and used mostly to find out about the war.
Atwood began to enjoy a growing reputation; nonetheless, while her own career took off, she still devoted considerable amounts of time to a small radical publishing house, Anansi, in which her husband was deeply involved.
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 Margaret Atwood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Margaret Eleanor "Peggy" Atwood, CC (born November 18, 1939) is a novelist, poet, literary critic, and a pioneer of Canadian women's writing.
She is married to the novelist Graeme Gibson; her daughter, Jess Atwood Gibson, was born in 1976.
Many readers know Atwood for her tale of a future dystopia in the science fiction novel The Handmaid's Tale (made into a movie and an opera), or for her Booker Prize-winning novel The Blind Assassin.
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 Study Guide to Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale (1986)
Atwood here examines some of the traditional attitudes that are embedded in the thinking of the religious right and which she finds particularly threatening.
Atwood's love for language play (apparent in the anagram of her name she uses for her private business "O. Toad") is a major feature of the protagonist of this novel.
Atwood points out that it was modern medicin e that first made pain relief possible during childbirth, though it was at first denounced by preachers who cited the passage quoted at the end of this paragraph, from Genesis 3:16.
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 Authors on the Web - Margaret Atwood
In her latest novel, Oryx and Crake, Atwood invites her audience to enter the future of our own world, a bleak and terrifying place that has been destroyed in the wake of ecological and scientific disaster and is populated by characters who readers won't soon forget.
Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939 and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and later in Toronto.
Atwood is the recipient of numerous honors, including The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in the U.K., the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature in the U.S., and Le Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.
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 Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Canada, the second of three children.
Atwood first found her story from Life in the Clearings (1853) by Susanna Moodie." A lot of what is written down is either wishful thinking or spiteful gossip," Atwood has said.
Atwood's fiction is often symbolic, moving easily between satire and fantasy and enlarging the boundaries of traditional realism.
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 Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has been presented with the Order of Ontario and the Norwegian Order of Literary Merit, and has been awarded sixteen honorary degrees.
Atwood leaves the ends of her stories untied, so that the reader is left with something to do.
Atwood is a knowing and arch writer who, whilst never intruding into her own fiction, does very much like to be seen to be in control.
www.contemporarywriters.com /authors?p=auth03C18N390512635243   (2534 words)

 Margaret Atwood: biography and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Margaret Eleanor "Peggy" Atwood (born November 18, 1939) is a novelist (Someone who writes novels), poet (A writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)), literary critic (A critic of literature), and a pioneer of Canadian women's writing (additional info and facts about Canadian women's writing).
She has also been associated with Canadian nationalism (additional info and facts about Canadian nationalism) in the 1960s (The decade from 1960 to 1969) and 1970s (The decade from 1970 to 1979).
Though widely known for her fiction, Atwood has also continually published poetry (Literature in metrical form).
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 Margaret Atwood. The treatment of the female protagonists in Bodily Harm and The Handmaid's Tale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Atwood, in her later novels and poems, seems to focus on the struggle in which she sees men and women as being caught up: 'Who can do what to whom and get away with it.'
Atwood traces her internal torment in dealing with this, her troubled childhood, her relationship with men and a violent society at large.
Atwood's epigraphs always give much insight into the books she writes, but in also looking at to whom she dedicates The Handmaid's Tale we find a certain Mary Webster.
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 The Pitt News - Atwood invents, signs, backs up with facts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Margaret Atwood doesn't get to sign any comic books about heroic carnivorous rabbits, as she might once have dreamed of doing, but she happily signs any of her published books.
Atwood rattled off a list of the things she said everyone desires, from the ability to fly to the desire to grant enemies the suffering they so deserve.
Atwood quoted William Blake: "The human imagination drives the world." She explained that literature provides a means for the human imagination to speak by portraying human wants and the limits of those wants.
www.pittnews.com /vnews/display.v/ART/2005/01/26/41f7283f5343a   (692 words)

 Salon.com Books | "The Blind Assassin" by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood poses a provocative question in her new novel, "The Blind Assassin." How much are the bad turns of one's life determined by things beyond our control, like sex and class, and how much by personal responsibility?
Because Iris has moved through her life in a fog of others' expectations, incapable of identifying her own needs and responsibilities, the impulse to grab her by the shoulders and shake her is strong, particularly when she sleepwalks into an arranged marriage and passively permits her sister's institutionalization in a mental hospital.
The Salon Interview: Margaret Atwood on famous Victorian murderesses, her claim to Connecticut, and the deep satisfaction of a clean, folded towel.
www.salon.com /books/review/2000/09/12/atwood   (1218 words)

 Margaret Atwood
Atwood continued her studies of Victorian literature at Harvard (1962-63, 1965-67), reading for Ph.D., but interrupted her studies in 1967 after having failed to complete her dissertation on 'The English Metaphysical Romance'.
For scholars Atwood's tongue-in-cheek humour was hard to swallow, especially when she asserted that Canadian literature has remained blighted by subservient, colonial mentality.
However, in Atwood's book the events are seen through the eyes of the main character, whose weapon is irony and keen observation - she keeps a secret diary.
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 Margaret Atwood - 'Cat's Eye'
In attempting to present her own interpretation of "time", Atwood simply achieves to prove that "nothing goes away", as time is a multi-dimensional shape which exists only in our minds, enabling us to travel around dimensions and be a different person in each one.
Atwood, however, is not merely concerned with the psycho-analysis of the novel's main character, but also ventures in some serious stereotype-breaking.
At the same time, however, Atwood presents the all-powerful figure of the masculine God as a negative, vengeful, and threatening force, in contrast to "Our Lady of Perpetual Help", the feminine Goddess who is presented as a positive, illuminating, and compassionate figure.
bookreviews.nabou.com /reviews/catseyes.html   (411 words)

 Books@Random | The Handmaid's Tale: Readers' Group Companion
Throughout her career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and several honorary degrees including the Canadian Governor General's Award, Le Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature.
The Margaret Atwood Web at site at http://www.io.org/~toadaly lists her speaking engagements in the United States and Canada.
The Margaret Atwood Society, whose main goal is to promote scholarly study of Atwood's work, publishes an annual newsletter with annotated bibliography, as well as a midyear issue; and, as an official MLA Allied Organization, it meets annually in conjunction with the Modern Language Association convention.
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Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939 and spent her girlhood summers in northern Ontario and Quebec where her entomologist father introduced her to the pleasures of unspoiled wilderness, an influence which, to this day, reappears in her much admired writings.
Margaret Atwood lives with writer Graeme Gibson and they have one daughter, Jess, who was born in the spring of 1976.
Novelist, short story writer, poet, and critic, Margaret Atwood is viewed here with former teacher and mentor, Northrop Frye, left, and, right, George Ignatieff, Chancellor, University of Toronto, when she was honoured by her alma mater in 1983 with an honorary D.Litt.
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 Studies in Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood's recurrent use of the descent motif to dramatize her thematic concern with the quest for authentic selfhood makes her work a tempting target for explication in terms of the initiatory archetype as this has been analyzed by such writers as C.G. Jung, Mircea Eliade and Joseph Campbell.
Atwood has been accused, not without an element of justice, of sacrificing characterization to thematic representation, of making her personages the vehicles of ideas or attitudes that she is intent on exploring rather than endowing them with an autonomous fictional life of their own.
The character of Rennie Wilford, too, like that of her predecessors in Atwood's fiction, is somewhat excessively determined by the function she performs in articulating the novel's structure of ideas, and there is much in her portrayal which tends toward the merely schematic.
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 Guardian Unlimited Books | Authors | Atwood, Margaret
There are points of contact between Atwood's early work and Angela Carter's; Alias Grace, as a post-colonial retelling of the nineteenth-century novel, shares a mood with Peter Carey's Jack Maggs and Sarah Waters's jail tale Affinity.
Margaret Atwood makes her acting debut tonight in her update of the Odyssey - told from the viewpoint of Odysseus's wife.
Margaret Atwood came to Europe in the early 1960s in search of art and experience.
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 Amazon.com: The Handmaid's Tale : A Novel: Books: Margaret Atwood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Margaret Atwood's story is set in the future after the United States has undergone a nuclear war and the government has been destroyed.
Atwood's Gilead suggests that the resurrection of extreme religious fanaticism and its anti-feminist consequences are inevitable and inextricable.
Atwood creates a dichotomy between their past and present (our present and future) through enormous amounts of imagery, insight into Offred's thoughts and emotions, clever references to "the time before", and descriptions and comparisons to the past through Offred's flashbacks.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Cat's Eye: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Margaret Atwood charts the psychological process of memory as compulsion and memory as a healing act through the character of Elaine Risley, an artist who returns to her home town of Toronto for a retrospective of her work.
The snail's pace of the writing was not at all aided by the fact that Atwood cakes on the description to an insane degree in her writing.
Atwoods style of writing irritated me beyong comprehension - the vast majority of the book is writen in the present tense ('He sings cheerfully' etc), which is okay in moderation, but tedious and annoying for a whole 420 pages.
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 CBC.ca - Canada Reads - Author - Margaret Atwood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
When a new novel by Margaret Atwood is published, it enjoys the distinction of becoming a Canadian, American, and international best-seller immediately.
Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and Toronto.
Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.
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 Interview | Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood stands in the earliest increments of the five foot mark, though her awards and the adoration of her fans would put her up somewhere over seven feet tall.
We met with Atwood in her hotel suite in Vancouver where she was in town doing a special event for the Vancouver Writer's Festival.
She was keen to talk about her muse, her craft and the road that has led her to become one of the most celebrated and admired authors in the world.
www.januarymagazine.com /profiles/atwood.html   (3948 words)

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