Dancing Girls and Other Stories (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
Dancing Girls and Other Stories is Margaret Atwood’s sixth book of fiction (published in the United States), having been preceded by five novels: The Edible Woman (1960), Surfacing (1972), Lady Oracle (1976), Life Before Man (1980), and Bodily Harm (1982). Atwood has also published more than ten volumes of poetry, beginning with Double Persephone (1961), and a critical study, Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature (1972).
Atwood’s fiction reflects the old truth that a writer should write about what he knows best. Her stories and novels, set in the places where she grew up and was educated, relate the tics and traumas of mostly young men and women of the sort Atwood has known well. She was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1939, and pursued her education in both Canada and the United States, beginning with a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1961, continuing with a graduate degree from Radcliffe in 1962, doing further graduate work at Harvard and at Trent University, from which she received a D. Litt. in 1973, and ending with an LL.D. from Queens University in 1974. She has worked as a cashier and as a waitress, as a writer of market research and of film scripts, as a college teacher of English, an editor, a critic, a novelist, and a poet. Along the way, she has...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
Library Journal. CVII, September 15, 1982, p. 1767.
Los Angeles Times Book Review. October 17, 1982, p. 3.
New Statesman. CIV, November 12, 1982, p. 33.
The New Republic. CLXXXVII, September 20, 1982, p. 40.
The New York Times Book Review. LXXXVII, September 19, 1982, p. 3.
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Publishers Weekly. CCXXII, July 16, 1982, p. 62.
Times Literary Supplement. January 7, 1982, p. 23.
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