Margret Atwood Essay

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Canada has had It's fair share of great author's like Farley Mowat, Steven King,Stanley Burke, and many more. But one Author that stands out from the rest is a woman who is not afraid to speak her mind. A feminise by the name of Margaret Atwood who has written poems, novels, short stories, children's books, and television scripts. Atwood was also the president of the writer's Union of Canada. Most would say that Atwood is the greatest Canadian writer of all time. Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 18, 1939. Because her father was a forest entomologist, Atwood spent most of her childhood living in the Canadian wilderness. During the eight months of each year that her father did insect research in the forest, the Atwood family lived in "a cabin with a wood stove and several kerosene lanterns. There were bears and wolves and moose and loons" (qtd. in "Author Profile"). Because she live in the forest eight months of the year Atwood would entertain herself with books. They became her only means for entertainment and escape. "I read them all, even when they weren't supposed to be for children" (qtd. in "Author Profile"). One of her favorite books as a child was Grimm's Fairy Tales, "the unexpurgated version¾ the one with the red hot shoes." During this childhood of reading, Atwood also began to write. By the age of six, Atwood was writing "poems, morality plays, comic books, and an unfinished novel about an ant" (qtd. in "Author Profile"). Ten years later, Atwood decided that she only wanted to write. She wanted "to live a double life; to go places I haven't been; to examine life on earth; to come to know people in ways, and at depths, that are otherwise impossible; to be surprised...to give back something of what [I have] received" (qtd. in "Author Profile"). Two years after this life-altering decision, Atwood entered Victoria College at the University of Toronto. She received her bachelor's degree from Victoria College in 1961, and then went on to receive her Master's degree from Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Atwood also received education from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, during 1962-63 and 1965-67. In all Atwood has twelve honorary degrees from Universities and Collage's across North America. In 1964 Atwood published her first piece of writing Entailed The Circle Game which she won the 1966 Governor General's Award for. From there on she published about fifty poetry books and hundreds of poems. One Entitled November."The sheep hangs upside down from the rope, a long fruit covered with wool and rotting. It waits for the dead wagon to harvest it.Mournful November this is the imabe you invent for me, the dead sheep came out of your head, a legacy:(O.B.of C.V,pg350)" poems like this one are what Atwood would say was an experience she has had as a young women growing up in the forest those eight month of the year.Atwood written many poetry books from which...

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