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Margaret Atwood (1939 - )

Lifespan: 1939 -

Related: literature - Canada

The Robber Bride (1993) - Margaret Atwood
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The author of Cat's Eye depicts a femme fatale's malevolent role in the lives of three women.


Margaret Eleanor Atwood, OC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian writer. A prolific poet, novelist, literary critic, feminist and political activist, she has received recognition nationally and internationally for her writing. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Atwood [Sept 2006]

The Robber Bride (1993) - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale (1985) - Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, first published by McClelland and Stewart in 1985. The novel, set in Cambridge, Massachusetts,[1] explores themes of women in subjugation, and the various means by which they gain agency, against a backdrop of the establishment of a totalitarian theocratic state. Sumptuary laws (essentially, dress codes) play a key role in the form of social control in the new society.

The novel was completed while Atwood was a visiting professor in the English Department at the University of Alabama.

The novel is commonly used for college-level English courses in the United States, usually in comparison with other dystopian-themed novels. In the UK it is frequently a part of A-level syllabi, and in Canada, it is frequently used at the Grade 12 level. The American Library Association lists it in "10 Most Challenged Books of 1999" and as No. 37 on the "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000" due to a high volume of complaints from parents of pupils on these courses regarding the novel's anti-religious content and sexual references. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid's_Tale [Sept 2006]

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