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Atwood, Margaret

Country/Region:
Canada
Born:
November 18, 1939
Genres:
Miscellaneous prose, Crime literature, Science fiction, Poetry, Children's literature
Photo: Ola Erikson / Forflex
Canadian author, born and raised in Ottawa. Margaret Atwood spent a large part of her youth in the wilds of French-speaking Quebec, where her father conducted research on insects and her mother was a doctor. She started writing at the age of six, and at sixteen she knew that she wanted to become an author. In 1957 she began studying at the University of Toronto, where she made acquaintance with the literary critic Northrop Frye, whose Jung-inspired analysis of myths has come to have great significance for her authorship. After completing her studies at Harvard in Massachusetts, she worked as a university teacher at different Canadian universities before settling in Toronto in the 70s, where she still lives today. She was living with the Canadian novelist Graeme Gibson (1934-2019). Both were politically engaged in the Green Party of Canada (GPC).

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