Negotiating With The Dead

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521662605
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The author of The Handmaid's Tale discusses the writing life and the role of the writer in society, making reference to many other writers, alive and dead, to make her case.

On Writers And Writing

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780349006246
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What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have seen fit to assume, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of the book's title: if a writer is to be seen as 'gifted', who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift? Margaret Atwood's wide and eclectic reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer, both in Canada and on the international scene. The lightness of her touch is underlined by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.

Writing With Intent

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780786747764
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From one of the world's most passionately engaged and acclaimed literary citizens comes Writing with Intent, the largest collection to date of Margaret Atwood's nonfiction, ranging from 1983 to 2005. Composed of autobiographical essays, cultural commentary, book reviews, and introductory pieces to great works of literature, this is the award-winning author's first book-length nonfiction publication in twenty years. Arranged chronologically, these writings display the development of Atwood's worldview as the world around her changes. Included are the Booker Prize–winning author's reviews of books by John Updike, Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, and others, as well as essays in which she remembers herself reading Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse at age nineteen, and discusses the influence of George Orwell's 1984 on the writing of The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood's New York Times Book Review piece that helped make Orhan Pamuk's Snow a bestseller can be found here, as well as a look back on a family trip to Afghanistan just before the Soviet invasion, and her "Letter to America," written after September 11, 2001. The insightful and memorable pieces in this book serve as a testament to Atwood's career, reminding readers why she is one of the most esteemed writers of our time.

Life Before Man

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451686876
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Imprisoned by walls of their own construction, here are three people, each in midlife, in midcrisis, forced to make choices--after the rules have changed. Elizabeth, with her controlled sensuality, her suppressed rage, is married to the wrong man. She has just lost her latest lover to suicide. Nate, her gentle, indecisive husband, is planning to leave her for Lesje, a perennial innocent who prefers dinosaurs to men. Hanging over them all is the ghost of Elizabeth's dead lover...and the dizzying threat of three lives careening inevitably toward the same climax.

The Blocked Writer S Book Of The Dead

Author: David a. Rasch Ph. D.
Publisher: Park Place Publications
ISBN: 1935530321
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The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead is a guide for those who want to improve their ability to initiate and sustain writing in their daily lives. Writing difficulties are vexing problems that resist change and interfere with professional, creative and personal fulfillment. This book offers solutions to a number of common productivity problems including procrastination, perfectionism, anxiety, fear of criticism, poor time management, imposter feelings and binge writing at deadlines. Written by a psychologist from Stanford University with two decades of experience assisting writers, The Blocked Writer's Book of the Dead provides an understandable and practical approach for overcoming writing productivity problems applicable to writers of all types. Dr. Rasch's thorough knowledge of the writing process, his compassionate understanding of the struggles writers experience, and his sense of humor combine to make this book a unique and valuable contribution to the understanding and successful resolution of writing blocks.

Wilderness Tips

Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307797988
Size: 12.37 MB
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In these ten richly layered and disturbing tales, Booker Prize-winning Margaret Atwood author deftly illuminates the single moments that can shape an entire life. In a few brief pages we watch as characters progress from the vulnerabilities of adolescence through the passions of youth into the precarious complexities of middle age. By superimposing the past on the present, Atwood paints interior landscapes shaped by time, regret, and life's lost chances, endowing even the banal with a sense of mystery. Poignant at times and scathingly witty at others, the stories in Wilderness Tip stake us into the strange and secret places of the heart and inform the familiar world in which we live with truths that cut to the bone.