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Margaret Atwood

(Margaret Eleanor Atwood)
Canada (1939 - )

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939, and grew up in northern Quebec and Ontario, and later in Toronto. She has lived in numerous cities in Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

She is the author of more than thirty books - novels, short stories, poetry, literary criticism, social history, and books for children.

Atwood's work is acclaimed internationally and has been published around the world. Her novels include The Handmaid's Tale and Cat's Eye - both shortlisted for the Booker Prize; The Robber Bride; Alias Grace, winner of the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy, and a finalist for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize and a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her new novel is Oryx and Crake (2003). She is the recipient of numerous honours, such as The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence in the U.K., the National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature in the U.S., Le Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and she was the first winner of the London Literary Prize. She has received honorary degrees from universities across Canada, and one from Oxford University in England.

Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.
The Edible WomanSurfacingLady OracleUp in the Tree
Life before ManAnna's PetBodily HarmThe Handmaid's Tale
The Labrador FiascoCat's EyeFor the BirdsThe Robber Bride
Alias GraceThe Blind Assassin
The Margaret Atwood Omnibus: The Edible Woman, Surfacing, and Lady Oracle
Double PersephoneThe Circle GameThe Animals in That CountryThe Journals of Susanna Moodie
Procedures for UndergroundPower PoliticsYou Are HappySelected Poems
Dancing Girls: And Other StoriesTwo-Headed PoemsTrue StoriesMurder in the Dark: Short Fictions And Prose Poems
Bluebeard's EggInterlunarSelected Poems II: Poems Selected and New, 1976-1986Poems 1965-1975
Wilderness TipsPoems 1976-1986Good BonesGood Bones and Simple Murders
Morning in the Burned House: New PoemsBones and MurderTenEating Fire
The TentMoral DisorderThe DoorHymns of the God's Gardeners: Lyrics from the Year of the Flood
CrimespottingI'm with the Bears: Short Stories from a Damaged PlanetStone MattressThe Illustrated Journals of Susanna Moodie
Picture Books
Princess Prunella and the Purple PeanutRude Ramsay and the Roaring RadishesBashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda
I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red TeethMoral Disorder: A Story
Series contributed to
The Best American Short Stories 1989
The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and OdysseusCanongate Myth Series: Includes a Short History of Myth, the Penelopiad, Weight, and Dream AngusThe Myths Volume I - VI
Anthologies edited
The New Oxford Book of Canadian VerseThe Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in EnglishThe Canlit Foodbook: From Pen to palate - A Collection of Tasty Literary Fare
Non fiction
Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian LiteratureSecond Words: Selected Critical ProseStrange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian LiteratureOn Writers and  Writing: Negotiating with the Dead
Moving TargetsWriting with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose 1983-2005Curious PursuitsWaltzing Again: New & Selected Conversations with Margaret Atwood
Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of WealthGlances at Germany, Poland, and the EuxineIn Other Worlds: SF and the Human ImaginationThe World Split Open
Anthologies containing stories by Margaret Atwood
First Words: Earliest Writing from Favorite Contemporary AuthorsThe Norton Book of Science FictionThe Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by WomenVirtually Now: Stories of Science, Technology, and the Future
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Ninth Annual CollectionWild Women
Short stories
When it Happens (1983)
Freeforall (1986)
Death by Landscape (1989)
Homelanding (1989)
Daphne and Laura and So Forth (1995)
Half-Hanged Mary (1995)
Shopping (1998)

The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1986) : The Handmaid's Tale
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Novel winner (1987) : The Handmaid's Tale
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1987) : The Handmaid's Tale
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (1987) : The Handmaid's Tale
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1989) : Cat's Eye
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1996) : Alias Grace
Orange Prize for Fiction Best Novel nominee (1997) : Alias Grace
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel winner (2000) : The Blind Assassin
Orange Prize for Fiction Best Novel nominee (2001) : The Blind Assassin
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2003) : Oryx and Crake
Orange Prize for Fiction Best Novel nominee (2004) : Oryx and Crake

Margaret Atwood recommends
Doctor Glas
Doctor Glas (1905)
Hjalmar Söderberg
"Doctor Glas is one of those marvellous books that appears as fresh and vivid now as on the day it was published..."
My Heart Is Broken
My Heart Is Broken (1982)
Mavis Gallant
"Mavis Gallant's insights into her characters are achieved with breathtaking economy and lightness of detail. She is a terrifyingly good writer - one of the best Canadian writers of short stories I know."
Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
Stories of Breece D'J Pancake (1983)
Breece D'J Pancake
"An exceptional voice."
Mary Swann
Mary Swann (1987)
Carol Shields
"Deft, funny, poignant, surprising, and beautifully shaped - in total command of itself and its language."
My Father's House: A Memoir of Incest and of Healing
My Father's House: A Memoir of Incest and of Healing (1987)
Sylvia Fraser
"A beautifully written, heart-wrenching and ultimately healing story be an amazing and courageous woman."
Mary Reilly
Mary Reilly (1990)
Valerie Martin
"An astonishing tour de force ... It gives us a fresh take on the famous Dr Jekyll and the infamous Mr Hyde. It also allows us backstairs into the shadowy Victorian world of devoted servants ... A tense drama ... Prime reading!"
Trilobites and Other Stories
Trilobites and Other Stories (1992)
Breece D'J Pancake
"This is an exceptional voice; gritty, mordant, invested with the texture of stroked reality; urgent and haunting."
Last Seen
Last Seen (1996)
Matt Cohen
"His best novel to date...Almost unbearably sad, it's also, at times, very funny...and full of a quirky, left-handed wisdom."
Italian Fever
Italian Fever (1999)
Valerie Martin
"Few have written so surprisingly, so convincingly, as Valerie Martin about sexual obsession."
Island: The Collected Short Stories of Alistair Macleod
Island: The Collected Short Stories of Alistair Macleod (2000)
Alistair MacLeod
"Beautifully crafted stories elegiac, honest, proud, and both eloquent and taciturn. Like their subjects... a wonderfully talented writer."
Life of Pi
Life of Pi (2000)
Yann Martel
"A terrific book... fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore."
Canoe Lake
Canoe Lake (2002)
Roy MacGregor
"A fascinating puzzle."
Gregorius (2007)
Bengt Ohlsson
"Both a riveting novel on its own merits and an astonishing gloss on an earlier masterpiece."
Good to a Fault
Good to a Fault (2008)
Marina Endicott
"There's heartbreak, there's joy, there are parts where you cry - and it's very high quality writing."
Generosity (2009)
Richard Powers
"If Powers were an American writer of the noneteenth century he'd probably be the Herman Melville of Moby Dick. His picture is that big."
Changing Planes
Changing Planes (2014)
Ursula K Le Guin
"Le Guin, is a quintessentially American writer, of the sort for whom the quest for the Peaceable Kingdom is ongoing."

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