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Margaret Atwood : a biography
Cooke, Nathalie.
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Toronto : ECW Press ; Chicago : Distributed in the U.S. by LPC Group-InBook, [1998]

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378 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
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Central Library PR9199.3.A8 Z57 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library PR9199.3.A8 Z57 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A biography of the intense and driven author profiles her struggles to balance the demands of her art with her commitment to enjoying life.

Author Notes

Nathalie Cooke teaches in the English department at McGill University in Montreal. She has published articles on Margaret Atwood as well as other notable Canadian writers. She is the coeditor of An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English .

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Further evidence of the "Atwood industry" that has grown up around Canada's prolific and well-recognized novelist, poet, and critic, this is an "unauthorized" biography of the writer, who turns 60 this year. Cooke (McGill Univ.)--coeditor (with Russell Brown and Donna Bennett) of An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English (rev. abridged ed., 1990)-- interviewed Atwood twice during her research and extensively consulted Atwood's colleagues and relatives and various collections of her papers. The resulting text is factual, imposes no particular critical framework, and provides abundant detail about Atwood's childhood, education, the progress of her career, and her personal life--loves, abodes, physical status, personality. Cooke resists the impulse of many biographers of literary figures to indulge in extensive analysis of the oeuvre, but she does draw parallels between real life settings and people and those in Atwood's fiction. With its 21 photos and a very useful index, the book will be useful to Atwood scholars and enjoyed by general readers. Recommended for all collections. E. R. Baer; Gustavus Adolphus College

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