Margaret Atwood

Margaret Eleanor Atwood (November 18, 1939) is a Canadian writer.

In 1957, Atwood began studying at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. There, she published poems and articles in Acta Victoriana, the college literary journal. She graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in English,  and a minor in philosophy and French. In 1962, she obtained a master’s degree (MA) from Harvard’s Radcliffe College. She taught at, among others, the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, York University in Toronto, and the New York University.

In 1984, she was the subject of a documentary film directed by Michael Rubbo, Margaret Atwood: Once in August (IMDb). In 2003, six of her short stories were dramatized in an anthology series called The Atwood Stories (IMDb).

Awards

  • Governor General’s Award for The Handmaid’s Tale, 1985
  • Companion of the Order of Canada, 1981
  • Guggenheim fellowship, 1981
  • Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, 1986
  • American Humanist Association Humanist of the Year, 1987
  • Arthur C. Clarke Award for best Science Fiction, for the book The Handmaid’s Tale, 1987
  • Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1988
  • Giller Prize for Alias Grace, 1996
  • Booker Prize for The Blind Assassin, 2000
  • Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, 2008
  • Nelly Sachs Prize, Germany, 2010

Books

Novels

  • The Edible Woman (1969)
  • Surfacing (1972)
  • Lady Oracle (1976)
  • Life Before Man (1979, finalist for the Governor General’s Award)
  • Bodily Harm (1981)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (1985, winner of the 1987 Arthur C. Clarke Award and 1985 Governor General’s Award, finalist for the 1986 Booker Prize)
  • Cat’s Eye (1988, finalist for the 1988 Governor General’s Award and the 1989 Booker Prize)
  • The Robber Bride (1993, finalist for the 1994 Governor General’s Award)
  • Alias Grace (1996, winner of the 1996 Giller Prize, finalist for the 1996 Booker Prize and the 1996 Governor General’s Award, shortlisted for the 1997 Orange Prize for Fiction)
  • The Blind Assassin (2000, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize and finalist for the 2000 Governor General’s Award, shortlisted for the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction.)
  • Oryx and Crake (2003, finalist for the 2003 Booker Prize and the 2003 Governor General’s Award and shortlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction.)
  • The Penelopiad (2005, longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Award)
  • The Year of the Flood (2009, Oryx and Crake companion, longlisted for the 2011 IMPAC Award)
  • MaddAddam (2013) (third novel in Oryx and Crake trilogy)
  • Scribbler Moon (2114; written in 2014 as part of the Future Library project)
  • The Heart Goes Last (2015)
  • Hag-Seed (2016)

Short-story collections

  • Dancing Girls (1977)
  • Murder in the Dark (1983)
  • Bluebeard’s Egg (1983)
  • Wilderness Tips (1991, finalist for the Governor General’s Award)
  • Good Bones (1992)
  • Good Bones and Simple Murders (1994)
  • The Labrador Fiasco (1996)
  • The Tent (2006)
  • Moral Disorder (2006)
  • Stone Mattress (2014)

Poetry

  • Double Persephone (1961)
  • The Circle Game (1964, winner of the 1966 Governor General’s Award)
  • Expeditions (1965)
  • Speeches for Doctor Frankenstein (1966)
  • The Animals in That Country (1968)
  • The Journals of Susanna Moodie (1970)
  • Procedures for Underground (1970)
  • Power Politics (1971)
  • You Are Happy (1974)
  • Selected Poems (1976)
  • Two-Headed Poems (1978)
  • True Stories (1981)
  • Love Songs of a Terminator (1983)
  • Snake Poems (1983)
  • Interlunar (1984)
  • Selected Poems 1966–1984 (Canada)
  • Selected Poems II: 1976–1986 (US)
  • Morning in the Burned House (1995)
  • Eating Fire: Selected Poems, 1965–1995 (UK,1998)
  • The Door (2007)

E-books

  • I’m Starved For You: Positron, Episode One (2012)
  • Choke Collar: Positron, Episode Two (2012)
  • Erase Me: Positron, Episode Three (2013)
  • The Heart Goes Last: Positron, Episode Four (2013)

Children’s books

  • Up in the Tree (1978)
  • Anna’s Pet (1980) (with Joyce C. Barkhouse)
  • For the Birds (1990) (with Shelly Tanaka)
  • Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut (1995)
  • Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes (2003)
  • Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda (2006)
  • Wandering Wenda and Widow Wallop’s Wunderground Washery (2011)

Non-fiction

  • Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature (1972)
  • Days of the Rebels 1815–1840 (1977)
  • Second Words: Selected Critical Prose (1982)
  • Through the One-Way Mirror (1986)
  • Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature (1995)
  • Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (2002)
  • Moving Targets: Writing with Intent, 1982–2004 (2004)
  • Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose–1983-2005 (2005)
  • Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2008)
  • In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2011)

Audio recordings

  • The Poetry and Voice of Margaret Atwood (1977)
  • Margaret Atwood Reads “Unearthing Suite” (1985)
  • Margaret Atwood Reading From Her Poems (2005)
  • Margaret Atwood as herself in Zombies, Run, as a surviving radio operator in Canada
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