Margaret Atwood: Life Story, Bio and Facts

Who is Margaret Atwood?

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, and literary critic. She was born on November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Canada, and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec. She began writing in her teens and published her first book of poetry, "Double Persephone," in 1961.

Atwood is best known for her novels, which often explore themes of gender, power, and the natural world. Some of her most famous works include "The Handmaid's Tale" (1985), "Cat's Eye" (1988), and "The Blind Assassin" (2000). "The Handmaid's Tale" was adapted into a successful TV series and won multiple awards.


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In addition to her novels, Atwood has also written poetry, short stories, and nonfiction. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Booker Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award. Atwood is also known for her activism, particularly in the areas of environmentalism, feminism, and freedom of expression.

Atwood continues to be active in the literary world, publishing her latest novel "The Testaments" in 2019, which was a sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale" and it was awarded the Booker Prize.

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* Margaret Atwood is a Canadian author, poet, and literary critic, born in 1939.
* She is considered one of the most important feminist writers of the 20th century and is known for her works of speculative fiction and literary fiction.
* Some of her most famous books are "The Handmaid's Tale" (1985), "Cat's Eye" (1988), "The Robber Bride" (1993), "Alias Grace" (1996), and "The Testaments" (2019)
* "The Handmaid's Tale" is a dystopian novel set in a near-future United States in which a totalitarian theocracy has overthrown the government and subjugated women, it won the Governor General's Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize.
* The novel was adapted into a critically acclaimed TV series in 2017, it has been widely read and discussed as a commentary on the political and social climate of the United States.
* Atwood is also a respected poet and has published several collections of poetry, including "The Circle Game" (1964) and "Two-Headed Poems" (1978).
* She has also written non-fiction, including "Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature" (1972)
* Atwood has received numerous honors and awards for her contributions to literature, including the Booker Prize, the Governor General's Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
* She was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1981 and was promoted to Officer in 2001 and Companion in 2019.
* In 2017, she was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada.
* Atwood is also a well-known environmental and social activist and has been involved in various causes such as human rights and climate change.

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