Margaret Atwood Additional Biography

Biography

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born into a family that encouraged inquiry and discovery. An important stimulus to her intellectual curiosity was certainly the family’s yearly sojourns in the remote bush of northern Ontario and Quebec, where Atwood’s father, an entomologist, carried out much of his study and research. It is likely that this environment shaped Atwood’s ironic vision and her imagery. Atwood’s writing, especially her poetry and her second novel, Surfacing, are permeated with her intimate knowledge of natural history and with her perception of the casual brutality with which the weak are sacrificed for the survival of the strong.

Studying between 1957 and 1961 for her undergraduate degree in...

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Biography

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 18, 1939, the daughter of Carl and Margaret Killam Atwood. In 1945, her father, who was an entomologist specializing in forest insects, moved the family to northern Ontario, the bush country that is featured in many of her works. Though the family returned a year later to Toronto, Atwood in later years would often visit the rural parts of Ontario and Quebec and spend a considerable amount of time at her country place. She attended high school in Toronto, and when she began writing at the age of sixteen, she had the encouragement of her high school teachers and one of her aunts. While attending Victoria College of the University of Toronto, she read Robert Graves’s...

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Biography

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

As novelist, poet, literary critic, editor, and spokesperson for women’s rights, Margaret Atwood is an international figure whose ideas and beliefs about consumerism, environmental damage, censorship, militarism, and gender politics pervade her writing. Though most of her work is set in Canada and reflects the survival theme that she claims is distinctly Canadian, her dissection of human relationships transcends national boundaries. She focuses on geographical and emotional landscapes in which her protagonists journey, usually to nature or to the wilderness, in order to shed civilization’s influence, confront themselves, rediscover their true identities, and survive. Atwood’s style, regardless of the genre, is poetic in that her delight in language is revealed through puns, metaphors, allusions, and ambiguous words and phrases that resonate with meaning. Though there is pessimism and despair in her work, there is also a wry sense of humor that is almost inevitably satiric.

Biography

(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Margaret Eleanor Atwood is Canada’s foremost contemporary writer of novels, poetry, and literary criticism. She was born in Ottawa in 1939 to Margaret Killam Atwood and Carl Edmund Atwood, an entomologist. Her father’s university position and scientific research were responsible for his family’s dual life, spent both in Toronto and in the bush country of Quebec. After attending public school in Toronto, she enrolled at Victoria College, University of Toronto, where in 1961 she received her B.A. in English language and literature and was awarded the E. J. Pratt Medal for Double Persephone, a book of poetry.

After intermittent graduate study at Harvard University, where she was profoundly influenced by...

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Biography

(Novels for Students)

Margaret Atwood Published by Gale Cengage

Margaret Atwood is often referred to as Canada’s greatest living writer. She was born on November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Ontario. She wrote...

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Biography

(Novels for Students)

Margaret Atwood Published by Gale Cengage

Margaret Atwood was born November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to Carl Edmund (an entomologist) and Margaret Dorothy (Killam) Atwood....

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Biography

(Novels for Students)

Margaret Atwood Published by Gale Cengage

Margaret E. Atwood, born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1939, spent most of her early years in the wilderness areas of Northern Quebec. She lived with...

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Biography

(Novels for Students)

Margaret Atwood is one of the best-known Canadian writers of our day. She is certainly one of the most prolific authors in North America,...

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Biography

(Novels for Students)

Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born on November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Canada. Her father, Carl Edmund Atwood, was a forest entomologist; her...

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Biography

(Short Stories for Students)

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on November 18, 1939. She started reading and writing at an early age and was...

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Biography

(Short Stories for Students)

Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Her childhood was divided between the city and the country. Her...

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