On Writers and Writing

Category: Book
By (author): Atwood, Margaret
Subject:  LITERARY CRITICISM / General
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Published: August 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.00in x 5.17in x 0.67in
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From The Publisher*A brilliant, ambitious, insightful inquiry into the art of writing from the legendary Margaret Atwood.

What do we mean when we say that someone is a writer? Is he or she an entertainer? A high priest of the god of Art? An improver of readers' minds and morals? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood addresses the riddle of her own art.

Her wide-ranging reference to other writers, living and dead, is accompanied by personal anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer. The lightness of her touch is offset by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing. Wise, candid, informative, and engaging, On Writers and Writing provides an insider's view of the writer's universe, written by one of the most celebrated writers of our time.
Review Quote*

"Atwood teases, probes, tickles, punches and enlightens...a writer who has scratched her name on the tablet of the English language. She belongs to the world." The Globe and Mail

"An engaging book--erudite yet informal, playfully witty yet down-to-earth." Los Angeles Times

"This amazing woman's voice, this fine writer's constant example, is extraordinary." Boston Globe

Biographical Note

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children's literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid's Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. A book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales was published in 2014. Her novel, MaddAddam (2013), is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003) and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009). The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short fiction) both appeared in 2006. A volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.
Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
www.margaretatwood.ca