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Atwood, Margaret

RAVINDRA PRATAP SINGH

Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


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Margaret Eleanor Atwood (b. 1939) is a Canadian author, novelist, poet, and cultural activist. She was born in Ottawa, Canada, then moved with her family to Sault Ste. Marie in 1945 and Toronto in 1946. Until her eleventh year, she spent much of her life in the northern Ontario wilderness, where her father worked as an entomologist. Atwood studied at Victoria College of the University of Toronto, and received her bachelor's degree in 1961. In 1962, she was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to pursue her master's degree at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Over the course of her career, Atwood has taught at the University of British Columbia, Sir George Williams University of Montreal, and York University, Toronto. She was writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto, and held the MFA Honorary Chair at the University of Alabama at Tuscalossa. She has also held the Berg Chair at New York University, and was writer-in-residence at Macquarie University, Australia and Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. She was the president of International PEN, Canada during 1984–86, and has advocated for copyright legislation. Atwood's works have been internationally recognized by more than 55 awards, including two Governor General's Awards, the first in 1966 for Circle Game , the second in 1985 for Handmaid's Tale . In 2000, she won the Booker Prize for Blind Assassin . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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