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 (ăt′wo͝od′), Margaret Eleanor Born 1939.
Canadian writer of novels, poetry, and children's books known especially for her feminist novels, including The Edible Woman (1969) and The Handmaid's Tale (1985).


(Biography) Margaret (Eleanor) born 1939, Canadian poet and novelist. Her novels include Lady Oracle (1976), The Handmaid's Tale (1986), Alias Grace (1996), the Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin (2000), and Oryx and Crake (2003)



Margaret (Eleanor), born 1939, Canadian poet and novelist.
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That means a quart of the best malmsey in Southampton this very night, Matthew Atwood.
And who bought the ironworks of Manson and of Shuman and of Van Deher and of Atwood, which have all been given up of late?
Atwood thanked his family and his law partner, but saved his most effusive praise for outgoing YLD President John Stewart, calling him "wise, smart, funny, and self-effacing.
But Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood has built her award-winning career by allowing female characters to set the record straight.
The Companion to Canadian Literature has been followed very closely on its heels by The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood (2006).
From the review of the audiobook in KLIATT, March 2006: Ever since first reading The Odyssey, Atwood has been haunted by the fate of Penelope's 12 handmaidens, brutally hanged without explanation as part of the carnage that accompanied Odysseus's return to Ithaca after his 20-year absence.
In Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale, the reader does not know if its narrator, Offred, is being whisked away to her salvation or her doom; what is more confusing, Atwood adds a pseudo-academic "Historical Notes" section, set in the future of a novel already set in the future.
Whether it's writer Michael Cunningham biting his nails, deep in conversational though, artist Ross Bleckner yawning in his studio, or DJ Junior Vasquez contemplating garbage on his rooftop, Atwood documents the rare, capricious moments that can make his famous subjects seem familiar and accessible.
All three novels provide different answers to questions of whether and how the future can be imagined; all three are unified, however, in two ways: first, utopia's reality can only be understood in present-day terms; second (as so typically with Atwood), utopia is not imagined but felt--for Atwood, in the ubiquity of dystopian, misogynistic violence.
For photographer Tom Atwood it took nearly five years, countless rolls of film, and a penchant for the odd and eclectic.
Perhaps last year's SARS outbreak may explain why renowned Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood is seeking to avoid her book-buying public.
When veteran costume designer Colleen Atwood began work on ``Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events,'' she realized creating the wardrobe for Jim Carrey's Count Olaf character was like making a dance costume.