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The author of the book: Margaret Atwood
Edition: Virago Press
Date of issue: 2003
ISBN 13: 9781844080274
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The size of the: 12.52 MB
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Thanks to a great professor of mine, I've become super aware of just how rare these gems are. Writers writing on writing. I mean, can it get any more... essential? (For both the aspiring writer and astute reader.) To read her poetics, with so many citations and so many examples that bring light to the whole art form, well, it's a rare treat. & her elevated language and accessibility is exactly why we've all come to love anything produced by this literary goddess.
& perhaps a few too many questions are set down; way more than the reader ever prepared himself to think about. It's rather illuminating.
But her sixth speech is best. Sharing the title of the book, this one is impossible for the student of lit not to read. The thesis is this: Writing is a reaction to the fear of death. Yup. It gets to those profound themes. Atwood is never ever not intrepid.
Honorable mention: that Atwood discusses the finances of a writer. This is the first time* such an intimate thing has even been presented to us by any novelist!
*lie. I remember Dave Eggers confessing to his own paycheck of his "Staggering Work" in its final pages.
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Read information about the authorMargaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.
Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1970), The Handmaid's Tale (1983), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. Atwood's dystopic novel, Oryx and Crake, was published in 2003. The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short stories) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth in the Massey series, appeared in 2008, and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood, in the autumn of 2009. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004 she co-invented the Long Pen TM.
Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
Associations: Margaret Atwood was President of the Writers' Union of Canada from May 1981 to May 1982, and was President of International P.E.N., Canadian Centre (English Speaking) from 1984-1986. She and Graeme Gibson are the Joint Honourary Presidents of the Rare Bird Society within BirdLife International. Ms. Atwood is also a current Vice-President of PEN International.
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