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Monday, 8 June 2015

Margaret Atwood The Great !!!!!




A lot of authors have inspired me through-out my many years of reading. I have found sadness the words of John Green, thrill in the words of Dan Brown and Love in the words of Shakespear .But of all the writers I have read my favorite has to be Margret Atwood.

Margret Atwood on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, Canada. She is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. And has been awarded  and shortlisted for many high esteemed literary critics awards such as : Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, the Booker Prize in which she has won five times, Governor General's Award. After discovering her passion for writing at the age of 15 Atwood went on to study English at the Victoria College at the University of Toronto. She then went on to receive a masters degree from Radcliffe College




Full list of publication
Thorough-out her lengthy carer as an author Margret Atwood has published many novels and stories which are stated bellow .


Novels:
  • The Edible Woman; McClelland & Stewart, 1969; Andre Deutsch, 1969; Atlantic Little-Brown, 1970.
  • Surfacing; McClelland & Stewart, 1972; Andre Deutsch, 1973; Simon & Schuster, 1973.
  • Lady Oracle; McClelland & Stewart, Simon & Schuster, Deutsch, 1976.
  • Life Before Man; McClelland & Stewart, 1979; Simon & Schuster, Cape, 1980.
  • Bodily Harm; McClelland & Stewart, 1981; Simon & Schuster, Cape, 1981.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale; McClelland & Stewart, Houghton Mifflin, 1985; Cape, 1985.
  • Cat’s Eye; McClelland & Stewart, 1988; Doubleday, 1989; Bloomsbury, 1989.
  • The Robber Bride; McClelland & Stewart, 1993; Bloomsbury, 1993; Doubleday, 1993.
  • Alias Grace; McClelland & Stewart, 1996; Bloomsbury, 1996; Doubleday, 1996.
  • The Blind Assassin; McClelland & Stewart, 2000; Bloomsbury, 2000; Doubleday, 2000.
  • Oryx and Crake; McClelland & Stewart, 2003; Bloomsbury, 2003; Doubleday, 2003.
  • The Penelopiad; Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2005; Canongate, 2005.
  • The Year of the Flood; McClelland & Stewart, 2009; Bloomsbury, 2009; Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2009.
  • MaddAddam; McClelland & Stewart, 2013; Bloomsbury, 2013; Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2013.
Short Fiction:
  • Dancing Girls; McClelland & Stewart, S&S, 1977; Cape, 1979.
  • Murder in the Dark; Coach House Press, 1983.
  • Bluebeard’s Egg; McClelland & Stewart, 1983; Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
  • Wilderness Tips; McClelland & Stewart, 1991; Doubleday, 1991; Bloomsbury, 1991.
  • Good Bones; Coach House Press, 1992; Bloomsbury, 1992; Doubleday, 1994.
  • The Tent; McClelland & Stewart, 2006; Bloomsbury, 2006; Doubleday, 2006.
  • Moral Disorder; McClelland & Stewart, 2006; Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2006; Bloomsbury, 2006.
  • Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, McClelland & Stewart, 2014; Bloomsbury, 2014; Nan Talese / Doubleday, 2014
Children’s Books:
  • Up in the Tree; McClelland & Stewart, 1978.
  • Anna’s Pet (with Joyce Barkhouse); James Lorimer & Co., 1980.
  • For the Birds; Douglas & McIntyre, 1990.
  • Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut; Key Porter, 1995; Workman Publishing, 1995.
  • Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes; Key Porter, 2003; Bloomsbury, 2003.
  • Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda; Key Porter, 2004; Bloomsbury, 2004.
  • Up in the Tree (facsimile reprint); Groundwood Books, 2006.
  • Wandering Wenda and Widow Wallop’s Wunderground Washery; McArthur & Co., 2011.
Poetry:
  • The Circle Game; Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1964; Contact Press, 1966; Anansi, 1967.
  • The Animals in That Country; Oxford University Press, 1969; Atlantic Little-Brown, 1968.
  • The Journals of Susanna Moodie; Oxford, 1970 illus. by Margaret Atwood; illus. by Charlie Pachter, Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 1997.
  • Procedures for Underground; Oxford, 1970; Atlantic Little-Brown, 1970.
  • Power Politics; Anansi, 1971; Harper & Row, 1973.
  • You Are Happy; Oxford, 1974; Harper & Row, 1975.
  • Selected Poems; Oxford, 1976; Simon & Schuster, 1978.
  • Selected Poems, 1965-1975; Houghton Mifflin, Oxford, 1976.
  • Two-Headed Poems; Oxford, 1978.
  • True Stories; Oxford, 1981.
  • Interlunar; Oxford, 1984.
  • Selected Poems II: Poems Selected and New, 1976-1986; Oxford, 1986; Houghton Mifflin, 1987.
  • Selected Poems 1966-1984; Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • Margaret Atwood Poems 1976-1986; Virago Press Limited, 1991.
  • Morning in the Burned House; McClelland & Stewart, 1995; Houghton Mifflin, 1995, Virago Press, 1995.
  • Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995; Virago, 1998.
  • The Door; McClelland & Stewart, 2007; Houghton Mifflin 2007; Virago 2007.
Non-Fiction:
  • Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature; Anansi, 1972. Reprinted 2012.
  • Days of the Rebels 1815-1840; Toronto, Natural Science of Canada, 1977.
  • Second Words: Selected Critical Prose; Anansi, 1982.
  • Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature; Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing; Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Moving Targets: Writing with Intent 1982-2004; Anansi, 2004.
  • Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing; Virago, 2005.
  • Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose 1983-2005; Carroll & Graf, 2005.
  • Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth; Anansi, 2008.
  • In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination; Signal/McClelland & Stewart, 2011; Virago, 2011; Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2011.
Small Press Editions:
Poetry:
  • Double Persephone; Hawkshead Press, 1961; pamphlet.
  • Kaleidoscopes Baroque: a poem; Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1965.
  • Talismans for Children; Crankbrook Academy of Art, 1965.
  • Speeches for Doctor Frankenstein; Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1966.
  • Marsh, Hawk; Dreadnaught, 1977.
  • Notes Towards a Poem that Can Never be Written; Salamader Press, 1981.
  • Snake Poems; Salamander Press, 1983.
Fiction:
  • Encounters with the Element Man; Concord, New Hampshire, Ewert, 1982.
  • Unearthing Suite; Grand Union Press, 1983.
  • Bottle; Hay Festival, 2004.
  • I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth; The Walrus / Coach House Press, 2012.

Bellow is an Extract from one of my favorite novels by this author: The Handmaid's
 Tale
Excerpt 
I used to think of my body as an instrument, of pleasure, or a means of transportation, or an implement for the accomplishment of my will . . . Now the flesh arranges itself differently. I’m a cloud, congealed around a central object, the shape of a pear, which is hard and more real than I am and glows red within its translucent wrapping.

This is one of my favorite quotes from the book even though the whole book is basically a pro- feminist campaign I think this is bit the drives the key idea. I think I like it so much because I connect with it on some many levels . I feel as a woman, and especially in my African culture, I have some many plans for my life but then I am told that theses plans have to be put on hold because my duty is to be a wife and a mother. I envy the vivid imagery and the symbolic metaphors that Atwood uses in the piece; they truly are exceptional 


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