Margaret Atwood 1994

The Event

Margaret Atwood

The Robber Bride

Tuesday 29 March 1994

Margaret AtwoodMargaret Atwood (1939) has often been called “the ambassador of Canadian literature“. In addition to her seven novels including best-sellers like The Handmaid’s Tale (1986) and Cat’s Eye (1988), she has published numerous volumes of poetry and short stories, two children’s books, and works of literary criticism. Much of her energy has been devoted to promoting Canadian literature, and she has worked hard to free it from the cultural inferiority complex often found in former colonies.

In a style that combines keen but apparently distant observation with wry humor, Atwood’s fiction has tackled such topics as gender roles, violence and power relationships. Her work has been taken up by feminists, particularly since the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale, a horrific twenty-first-century nightmare of female repression.

After a collection of short stories entitled Wildreness Tips (1991), Atwood has now written another novel, The Robber Bride. This intriguing novel is considered to be Atwood’s best so far, and once again demonstrates the extraordinaryversatility of this prolific and often controversial Canadian author. The translation in Dutch, De roofbruid, will be published by Prometheus/Bert Bakker in February 1994.

The Dutch writer Nelleke Noordervliet will introduce Margaret Atwood, interview her after the intermission, and then lead the discussion with the audience.

source text: 1994 newscard American Literature Today


The Speaker:

Margaret Eleanor Atwood, CC OOnt FRSC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award several times, winning twice. She is also a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada’s writing community.

While she is best known for her work as a novelist, she has also published fifteen books of poetry.[1][2] Many of her poems have been inspired by myths and fairy tales, which have been interests of hers from an early age.[3] Atwood has published short stories in Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper’s, CBC Anthology, Ms., Saturday Night, and many other magazines. She has also published four collections of stories and three collections of unclassifiable short prose works.

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New York Times 1993 Review

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