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Negotiating with the Dead A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood
  

Negotiating with the Dead A Writer on Writing

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Negotiating with the Dead A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood

What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have seen fit to assume, what roles they have chosen to play. And if a writer is to be seen as 'gifted', who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift? Margaret Atwood's wide and eclectic reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer, both in Canada and on the international scene. The lightness of her touch is underlined by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.

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Juggling well worn subjects which get murky or pretentious , this is a streetwise, erudite suggestive enquiry into problems and myths of the writer's role. Her light touch on hard thoughts, her humour and eclectic quotations, lend enchantment to an argument that has as many undulating tentacles as a well developed sea anemone. THE INDEPENDENT Her witty, occasionally self-depracating and always ingenious approach is a delight Culture, SUNDAY TIMES A witty and profound rumination about writing THE TIMES A playful, informed and briskly sensible discussion of the writing life. SUNDAY TELEGRAPH


About the Author

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario and Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

She is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride and Alias Grace. Her novel, The Blind Assassin, won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000.

Margaret Atwood currently lives in Toronto with novelist Graeme Gibson.

Author photo © George Whiteside

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Publication date

4th November 2003

Author

Margaret Atwood

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Author's Website

www.margaretatwood.ca/

Publisher

Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Literary studies: from c 1900 -

ISBN

9781844080274

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