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Author Profile: Margaret Atwood

A profile of author and poet Margaret Atwood. (Also a feature of March 2011 Women’s History Month)

Author Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in the wilds of Canada under a toadstool, and woke up squalling while being nuzzled by a rabbit.

This isn’t true, but it is lovely to imagine.  Margaret Atwood was born in November 1939 in Ottawa, and she is an acclaimed Canadian poet, novelist, critic, and environmental activist.

Inspired by fairy tales and folklore, many of her works take a deep, long look at the potential paths that our society could take and the morality behind those possibilities.  These fantastic views that she offers often cause her novels to be categorized as science fiction.  Atwood has spoken out against such simple classification and states that she considers her work to be speculative fiction, or social-science fiction instead.

Over the course of her career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous honorary degrees and more than 50 awards for her

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poetry and prose.  Her first book of poetry was published in 1964.  The Circle Game won her an award in Canada, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.

The Handmaid’s Tale is one of her best-known novels.  For this tale, Margaret Atwood received the first-ever Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987 as well as being nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award and the 1987 Prometheus Award.

Margaret Atwood has a vibrant presence on the web and keeps herself quite active in the environmental arena.  Her website even maintains a list of the Green Protocols that serve to keep her office as eco-friendly as possible.

Margaret Atwood’s Books currently available on Biblio

Official Website of Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood on Twitter


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